Adams critical of Minister’s response to Bettystown Development Issue

DSC_3254_6510Sinn Féin Louth and East Meath TD Gerry Adams has criticised Environment Minister Alan Kelly’s response to a letter he sent regarding the flood impact of a new housing development in Bettystown.

Gerry Adams said,

“I wrote to the Environment Minister outlining my concerns and the concerns of the local community. Local people living in the Northlands and Brabazon Bay housing estates are already tortured with persistent flooding.  They are worried that any further construction in this area can only have a negative impact on the situation.

“I queried the Minister on the flood risks and he has replied stating that a flood risk assessment was carried out for the proposed development. Minister Kelly seems to be of the opinion that raising the level of footpaths, roads and floors coupled with planning permission conditions in this new estate will be enough to prevent flooding here.

“He also informs me that flood prevention works are to be commenced at Northlands Estate in summer 2016. I am not convinced that the raising of footpaths or road levels is sufficient to meet the concerns of residents. Any proposals must be fully discussed with residents who need to be convinced that what is being proposed meets their concerns”.