At a special meeting on the parking bye-laws this evening in Drogheda, Sinn Féin Councillors voted to end the parking pain that has plagued Drogheda since March this year.
Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Kenneth Flood said “To be absolutely 100% Crystal Clear , the Sinn Féin group are in favour of €1 parking rates in parts of Drogheda. However, if we had proposed that tonight the parking bye-laws would have had to go back out to public consultation and the current no fee parking debacle would continue for several more months.”
“Businesses have told us they will not survive much longer as their trade has dropped 40% – 50% since the pay parking regime in Drogheda fell. Residents around Windmill Road , Cord Road and elsewhere cannot park anywhere near their houses. That would continue for several more months if we had not passed the parking bye-laws tonight.”
“It was a hard call but we had to make it to end the current parking nightmare for residents and businesses alike. We spoke in favour of the €1 fee this evening. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”
“We have now finished 1 of 3 parking specific special meetings with the Chief Executive to resolve all of the parking issues that face Drogheda. The parking fee is firmly on the agenda among other just as important issues. We are not interested in a single issue to grab a headline, we are interested in a long-term solution to the parking fiasco. We want to and we’re going to sort out all of the parking issues that face Drogheda.”
“I must reiterate, we could not in good conscience prolong this disaster by months knowing that we had another option, through the special meetings, to address the parking fees.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has welcomed the works done to repair a sewage leak on the Newfoundwell/Termonfeckin Road beside Newtown Meadows.
Councillor Flood has spent several months attempting to get the repairs done and was sent between Louth County Council and Irish Water as they pushed the responsibility to one another as raw sewage was coming up through the road at the junction where parents from Shrewsbury Manor and Newtown Meadows walked their children to the Educate Together school, where girls pass to attend Greenhills School and buses drop off boys attending St Joseph’s School.
Councillor Flood said “I was beyond frustration with this issue as Irish Water were refusing to deal with the issue saying it was a private matter and nothing to do with them, despite the fact that the leak was causing potholes big enough to blow a car’s tyres. I was directed back to various departments in Louth County Council and
Before leak was repaired – Raw Sewage on the main road
thankfully, after many months, the Council have repaired the sewage line and the road. This stinking saga is over.”
Councillor Flood concluded, “this should not set a precedent when it comes to dealing with sewage leaks in the future. This went on far too long. Hopefully now a protocol can be adopted to ensure that any problems like this will be dealt with in a more timely manner from this point forward. I will be raising this at our next full council meeting. In the meantime, residents, pedestrians and motorists can live or drive through the area free from stink and potholes.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has condemned those who left a suspect device in Drogheda yesterday.
Cllr Flood who is also Chairperson of Drogheda’s Joint Policing Committee said “The fact that the device turned out to be non-viable is immaterial. It was left in the open on Duke Street and caused alarm and disruption to those in the area. It diverted the Gardaí and Army EOD Team whose time and resources could have been better spent elsewhere.”
Cllr Flood commended “our thinly resourced Gardaí for their swift action. This selfish act caused traffic chaos, terrified afternoon shoppers and meant workers in the area were unable to leave their workplaces to go home. What did all this achieve for those who left the device? Let’s hope the culprits were captured on CCTV and that an arrest and prosecution is imminent.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has hit out at Louth County Council (LCC) for their failure to see through a plan to clean-up graffiti in Drogheda.
Following Cllr. Kenneth Flood’s motion at the July 2016 Municipal District of Drogheda meeting calling on LCC to tackle the graffiti problem in Drogheda, LCC embarked on a clean-up of council owned properties in the town. Cllr Flood said “we were given reports and updates on graffiti removal in Drogheda. We were informed of the number of notices sent to businesses including state and semi-state business, instructing them to clear graffiti from the areas they were responsible for.”
At the same time a comprehensive survey was carried out by Louth County Council’s Community Warden of all areas vandalised with graffiti.
Cllr Flood said “it was a positive step to getting Drogheda cleaned up and free from unsightly graffiti once and for all.”
However, Cllr Flood has noticed a sizable increase in graffiti throughout Drogheda over the past 6-8 months. Cllr Flood was approached by several Drogheda residents and visitors to the area over the St Patrick’s Festival asking what had happened to the initiative and what was being done to continue the work started in 2016.
Cllr Flood raised the issue at April’s Borough District of Drogheda Meeting and “I was frustrated and annoyed to find that Louth County Council not only has ceased to focus on graffiti removal but had also no intention on chasing up on their notices issued to businesses as they had previously committed to.”
Councillor Flood has called on LCC to ensure that the notices are followed up on and that an up to date report is prepared for councillors at May’s Borough District Meeting.
Finally Cllr. Flood said “Louth County Council have dropped the ball on this. They need to up their game to clear Drogheda of all graffiti before the start of the Fleadh and ensure that the town is presented in the best possible light so everyone can see how much Drogheda has to offer.
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has issued a warning to residents about a bogus caller claiming to be contracted by Louth County Council.
Cllr Flood, who is also Chairperson of the Drogheda Joint Policing Committee, said “I was contacted by residents in Termon Abbey about a man dressed in black, in his thirties, claiming to be from Louth County Council. He called to their doors after 8pm on Wednesday and again on Friday afternoon claiming he needed to access their house as Louth County Council were going to replace their boilers”
Cllr Flood explained “the residents who contacted me were wary of him as these were privately owned houses and not local authority homes. He was fairly insistent that he needed to see the heating clock by the boiler as that was what he was going to replace.”
“Thankfully the residents I spoke to sent the man away, but others may not have been so lucky. I contacted the director of services for housing to confirm if there were any Louth County Council contractors in Termon Abbey looking to replace boilers in private houses. He confirmed there were not.”
Kenneth Flood is warning residents of Termon Abbey and all surrounding areas that “this guy knocking doors in Termon Abbey is a bogus caller. Both I and Louth County Council have informed the Gardaí and they are investigating.”
The Drogheda Councillor is urging all residents “to take extra care when opening your door and please keep a particular eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours who may be having work done. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, genuine tradesmen will be happy enough to answer any queries and identify themselves. If you have any doubts then please contact the organisation they say they are representing and they should be able to confirm if they have tradesmen working in the area.”