Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has welcomed Louth County Council’s decision to include the main road through the village of Tullyallen in its 2018-2019 Winter Gritting programme.
Cllr Saurin said “I raised the issue of gritting the road through Tullyallen Village with Council officials last year and although I was told that the finances were not available in the budget to carry out the work at that time, I did receive a commitment that the issue would be reviewed for this year’s Gritting Programme.”
At the last Drogheda Borough Council meeting Cllr Saurin brought forward a motion calling on the Council, in the interest of road safety, to include the village in the Road Gritting Programme.
Cllr Saurin said “In fairness to the officials and to give credit where it’s due, the Council have listened to the safety concerns and acted accordingly. The residents of Tullyallen Village and its hinterland will be greatly relieved to hear that this road will be gritted during times of hard frost and other severe weather conditions. The main road through the village is particularly dangerous in icy conditions and as it passes the local national school is very busy in the early morning with children walking to school and cars dropping children off at the gates. The potential for a serious accident involving a vehicle losing control in dangerous driving conditions will hopefully be much reduced by this decision.”
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.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has welcomed funding to purchase Coillte lands at King William’s Glen in Tullyallen.
Speaking today Cllr Saurin said “the purchase of this land will facilitate Louth County Council to construct a staggered junction at the bottom of the Glen onto the Slane Road.”
There have been two fatalities in the last twelve months on this particular stretch of road. Cllr Saurin said “with the increase in visitors and tourists to Oldbridge House and the increase in population in the local area, this road has become even busier in recent years and so the realignment of the junction will enhance safety for road users.”
Cllr Saurin called on Louth County Council to commence the works as soon as possible and “this project, along with the recent resurfacing works and cleaning of the culvert on the Glen are measures which will be greatly appreciated by people from the area and by those who use these busy roads on a daily basis.”
Sinn Féin Louth County Councillor Alan Cassidy is calling on the people of Drogheda and Tullyallen to work with the council and Gardaí in advance of Halloween. While it is generally a time of excitement and family fun for many it can be an onslaught of illegal fireworks, increased anti social behaviour and destruction of community green spaces .
Cllr Cassidy will be liaising with local authorities and Gardaí seeking advice on how Drogheda and its town lands can prepare for a safe and family friendly Halloween.
Alan Cassidy said, “In previous years both Louth County Council, and the Gardaí have had to deal with out of control bonfires and the ongoing collection of tyres and pallets in advance of Halloween. I have contacted both the Council and Garda Supt Smith to take necessary measures in early intervention. In previous years both Gardaí and Louth County Council have worked well together in tackling these matters and I am sure this year will be the same.”
Cllr Cassidy is also mindful that often it can be a frightening time of year. He stated,
“For many residents the run-in to Halloween can be stressful with illegal bangers going off for weeks and a big increase in anti-social activity in their estate. Previous years have seen householders suffer greatly on Halloween night itself and then face intensive clean-ups after the lighting of illegal bonfires on open green space areas. LCC have to spend large sums of their overstretched budget on cleaning up the aftermath of Halloween night bonfires and fireworks. Our under pressure Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service have to answer additional emergency calls on Halloween night. This needs to stop.”
Cllr Cassidy has contacted Louth Council and the Gardaí to act to address these issues before the Halloween mayhem begins.
Alan Cassidy said, “Halloween here in Louth and neighbouring Meath have many exciting events taking place including a ‘Walking tour meeting some of the “ghosts” of Drogheda’s past’, Kennedys pumpkin patch, not to mention traditional trick or treating . Plenty of Adult craic to be had as well with the well known gigs and fancy dress parties. We need to work together to make Halloween a safer celebration for all.”
Sinn Féin candidate for Drogheda Alan Cassidy has said that while on the campaign trail “around Drogheda and its environs, the number one issue that people are raising is housing.”
There are currently 98,000 people on local authority housing lists throughout the state with 4,345 of them in County Louth alone.
Cassidy continued “it is incredibly disheartening canvassing in an estate where there are boarded up houses. For example, in Laphin Park in Tullyallen, there is a four bedroom house that has been boarded up since mid-December. Why? Surely it could have been home to a family by now.”Alan Cassidy, from Tullyallen told of how “in one case Cllr Mathew Coogan and I called to a two bed-roomed house in Drogheda with ten people living there. They had taken the drastic step of temporarily partitioning the two bedrooms in an attempt to improve their families’ quality of life. We are not heading towards a housing crisis, we are already in a housing crisis. In Louth, housing applicants have to wait on average seven years for social housing. That’s a disgrace. The Local Authorities should spend money maintaining their own stock instead of wasting that money paying private landlords and the Rental Accommodation Scheme. Local Government have a responsibility to provide an adequate number of affordable homes.
“As revelations highlighted by Sinn Féin Councillor Tomás Sharkey regarding the Housing Department in Louth unfold this week, one thing is clear, a radical and systematic overhaul of structures is necessary. “