Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin is calling on everyone to check in on their elderly and disabled neighbours in light of the predicted severe weather that is due to hit the east of the country this week.
Cllr Saurin said “I am asking people to ensure that their elderly neighbours are prepared for the worst in terms of weather and to ensure that they have sufficient fuel and food supplies to see them through what could be several days of severe cold weather. Elderly and disabled people in both rural and urban areas may find themselves housebound if the worst of the weather predictions are accurate.”
“During the water outage last summer we saw a great sense of community spirit in the area as neighbours rallied to look after the more vulnerable in their communities and I’m sure that sense of concern for those who may find themselves housebound over the next few days will be repeated.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has called on Louth County Council to grit the main road through Tullyallen village in advance of the severe weather warnings forecast for the coming week.
Speaking today, Cllr Saurin said “I recently raised the issue of Louth County Council’s road gritting policy at a recent Drogheda Borough Council meeting and asked what roads were included in the road gritting plan. I was told that main and secondary roads are the only ones provided for in the gritting plan as they are the busiest roads.
Cllr Saurin then asked that this policy be reviewed “to take into account, increases in population in many of our villages and rural schools resulting in these rural roads being particularly busy especially in the mornings when the roads are at their most dangerous after harsh night time conditions. The main road through my own village of Tullyallen from the Collon Road junction to the school is particularly dangerous in icy conditions. Both the Slane and Collon roads on either side of the village are part of the current road gritting programme and to grit the road through Tullyallen itself would add a mere two kilometres onto the route of the gritting truck.”
The Council promised to review their policy ‘later in the year’ but Councillor Saurin is concerned about the severe weather warnings forecast for this week. The Tullyallen Councillor asked that “the Council even temporarily extends the network of roads to be gritted.
Cllr David Saurin said “Not much to ask to ensure a safer road for residents and parents.”