Cllr Flood Calls For Supermarkets to be Pro-active with Trolleys

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has called for Supermarkets to be more pro-active in collection and monitoring their shopping trolleys. This follows a clean-up of the Boyne River by the Boyne Fisherman’s River Rescue Group.

Raising the issue at this month’s Drogheda Municipal Council meeting, Cllr Flood said “I was astounded at the inordinate amount of shopping trolleys that the Group recovered from the Boyne in their recent clean up. I was even more astounded when I was informed that this was only three months’ worth recovered and that they hadn’t even finished yet”.

Praising the Boyne Fishermen’s River Rescue Group, Cllr Flood said they “do a tremendous service putting their lives on the line to rescue people and then go the extra mile doing a huge service to Drogheda by clearing the Boyne like this. There has to be a change in people’s mind sets. Dumping anywhere is unacceptable but dumping for the fun of it in The Boyne is inexcusable”.

“These trolleys are a serious underwater hazard for swimmers in the river and can also destroy the propellers on passing boats. It is estimated that over 1,000 trolleys have been removed from the river over the past six years.”

Cllr Flood called on Retailers to do more to secure their trolleys when they are closed.

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“If this was a once in a while occurrence then it may seem unfair to point the finger at supermarkets but this is a daily occurrence and the supermarkets do not seem to be collecting trolleys at the end of each day from around the town. The Council will be writing to supermarkets to remind them of their obligation to secure their property and also to remind them of the fines they could face if they fail to do so.”

Kenneth Flood Welcomes Estates being ‘Taken in Charge’

Sinn Féin Cllr. Kenneth Flood has welcomed the taking in charge of Aston Village, Termon Abbey, Silk Park and Forest Park estates in Drogheda.

Cllr Flood said “As former Chairperson of the Aston Village Residents Association I can safely say that this was a long and complicated road to get Aston Village and Termon Abbey finally taken in charge. I want to commend the resident’s associations that gave their time and liaised for years with Louth County Council. Pursuing the taking in charge process so vigorously and sequestering the bond to pay for the works was the only way to resolve issues left behind when the developer went under during the crash. I am delighted that all of those issues are resolved and now we can concentrate on traffic calming and some parking issues on the spine road. We will also redouble our efforts to have the roundabout at the entrance to the estate that should have been in place under the conditions of planning for Aston Village so residents can enter and exit the estates safely and freely and look at the pedestrian throughway between Termon Abbey and Aston Village.

I would also like to welcome the taking in charge of Silk Park. Especially as it coincides with my motion to have a yellow box put on The Platin Road at the entrance of the estate to aid residents entering and exiting onto Platin Road. The application to take Silk Park in charge was made back in 2009. Residents have been frustrated by this long and drawn out process. There was a fund introduced last year by central government to aid in the taking in charge of estates but so far Louth County Council have not made an application for funding from it.

Aston Village, Termon Abbey, Silk Park and Forest Park are the first estates taken in charge by Louth County Council in Drogheda in this current council term. There are several more estates that are still in the taking in charge process and I will endeavor to do everything possible to ensure that they are taken in charge as soon as possible”.

 

We cannot allow illegal dumping to become the norm – Kenneth Flood

Cllr Kenneth Flood has welcomed the passing of his motion at Drogheda Council in a bid to combat illegal dumping in South Louth.

Speaking after the meeting where it was agreed to start an information campaign to combat illegal dumping Cllr. Flood said,

“I am glad that following my motion Louth County Council has committed to increase its promotion of safe and appropriate disposal of household and other waste materials, but we elected rep’s, the public, all of us together, cannot allow the illegal dumping plaguing our towns and countryside to become the norm or to become socially acceptable”.

“All over the country local authorities are trialing initiatives such as hidden CCTV, phone app’s, posting images of dumpers etc., to try and stop illegal dumping. But in order to stop this we have to collectively shine a light on dumping and make it socially unacceptable.”

“This information campaign along with the increased presence at litter black spots by the council’s litter warden’s will go some way to tackling the problem. But to end this problem once and for all every resident of Drogheda and South Louth needs to shine a light on dumpers and report it as soon as it is seen”.

https://www.louthcoco.ie/en/Services/Environment/Litter-Control/

Cllr Kenneth Flood Welcomes Graffiti Database

In July of last year Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood had a motion passed calling for the proliferation of graffiti and ‘tagging’ throughout Drogheda to be tackled.

In September 2016, the council carried out a graffiti survey and have been updating this database ever since.

Cllr. Flood has been following up on this initiative and at April’s Drogheda Municipal District Meeting, Cllr. Flood had another motion on including an update and report on graffiti removal and notices sent to third parties to remove graffiti in the operations report every month.

Commenting Cllr. Flood said,

“I welcome this first report on graffiti removal in The Drogheda Municipal District and I welcome the removal of such a large amount of graffiti. However, I am more than annoyed that semi-state bodies such as Eir, Bord Gáis and The ESB have not replied to the Council’s correspondence regarding graffiti on their property, even if there has been some graffiti removed from their property to date.

“No building, be it public or private, is exempt from legislation covering graffiti and I am happy to see notices go out to owners to remove graffiti that in many places has been there for years.

“Now that we have the graffiti data base and will receive monthly updates, a focus will be on tackling graffiti in Drogheda like never before and I look forward, with the public’s help, to getting this problem under control, once and for all”.

 

Cllr Kenneth Flood: We Need the Port Access Northern Cross Route

At this month’s Louth County Council meeting, Director of Services Frank Pentony gave members an update on the three applications Louth County Council had made to central government for funding under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation fund.

Drogheda Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood said:

“We were advised that two applications were successful, one for works at Twenties Lane and one for housing on The Marsh Road, but that one, the application for the Port Access Northern Cross Route (PANCR) was not successful.

“Given recent press statements made by a government T.D. on this matter I sought clarification on this. The response was clear. No funding was made available and the Port Access Northern Cross Route construction will not start any time soon.

“Every resident of Drogheda knows that the PANCR is a vital piece of infrastructure needed to take the heavy goods vehicles out of our town centre and to alleviate the traffic congestion. Deputy Imelda Munster and I included the PANCR in our submission for Drogheda to the National Planning framework to again highlight the need for this vital piece of infrastructure that is essential for Drogheda to develop its full potential.

“My fear is that Louth County Council are going to repeat the mistakes of the past and allow houses to be built without a clear plan. The PANCR should be in place to support them. That has already started to happen.

“In 2008 an An Bord Pleanála ruling for 314 Houses on the Termonfeckin Road stated ‘In accordance with Objective PANCR 1 of the North Drogheda Environs Master Plan 2006, other than with the prior written agreement of the planning authority, no development shall commence on the site until Implementation Objective IO 1 is in place. This shall provide inter alia for the following: (i) the design and construction of the Northern Cross Route from the R132 to the R166 as a single contract, (ii) construction of the Northern Cross Route from the R166 to the port at Drogheda.’

Cllr Flood explained “But recently a new planning application (Ref 16900)  for the same site was submitted and passed before the any movement has happened on the PANCR.

“There is no time frame or set plan for when the PANCR will reach the Termonfeckin Road and this means that 63 houses will be built, culminating in a total of 314 houses will go ahead without the PANCR being built, with only one way in and out, onto the Termonfeckin Road and will increase the traffic burden on the already over developed and under supported North East part of our town.

“A playground in the original 2008 planning permission was also removed from the amended planning application and there is no plan to connect the footpath from the new development to nearby Termon Abbey. I intend to appeal this decision to An Bord Pleanála, along with local residents who fear that they will not be able to enter or exit their estates on the Termonfeckin/Newfoundwell Roads with the increase in traffic.

“Houses are needed, but so is the infrastructure to support them. Plans are only good, like the plan for the PANCR, if they are followed through on.”

References:

http://www.pleanala.ie/documents/orders/230/D230807.pdf

http://www.eplanning.ie/LouthCC/AppFileRefDetails/081/0

http://www.eplanning.ie/LouthCC/AppFileRefDetails/16900/0