Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has criticised both Louth County Council and the Gardaí for failing to deal with the ongoing anti-social behaviour in Rathmullan Estate.
Cllr Saurin said “The issue of anti-social behaviour in this area has been long running and feel their voices are not being heard and their concerns are not being addressed by the relevant authorities. They have been promised several initiatives to address and counter these activities by Louth County Council and the Gardaí and yet the issue is as prevalent as ever.”
One of the issues that residents are concerned about is the use of motor scooters being driven at speed through the estate. Cllr Saurin said “They are being driven on roads and footpaths alike at all hours of the day and night with no regard for the safety of residents going about their daily business or young children out playing.”
A separate issue is the deliberate vandalising of street lights in the back alleys. Cllr Saurin feels this is done to facilitate drug dealing. He has called for these lights to be replaced in a more timely fashion. “The Gardaí seem to be unable to get a handle on the situation with no arrests having been made for this behaviour and between themselves and the Council there seems to be a lack of urgency in solving the problems in this area.”
“Louth County Council some time ago announced the launch of a Cross Directive Initiative aimed at providing solutions to the problems” according to Cllr Saurin, “more speed ramps were promised, particularly along the stretch of road in the estate from the shop through to Ballsgrove, these are still to be installed along with other long term measures such as infill housing. It was also promised that the residents would be consulted as part of the process to finding a solution and this has yet to happen.”
“It is unacceptable that a small number of individuals are allowed to disrupt the lives of the majority with impunity. Louth County Council needs to implement the current anti-social policy in regard to these individuals and if necessary evict the perpetrators. The residents realistically know that these issues won’t be resolved overnight but it is not unrealistic of them to expect some results in the fight against the anti-social element in their estate. Action not words is what the community wants to see from both Louth County Council and the Gardaí.
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”.
Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed the completion of a barrier at an alleyway in Clogherhead that has seen a few close calls with children.
Cllr Cunningham said “The alleyway is between two estates: Gort Uaine and John Kirk Estate and it’s a wide path that is enticing to children on bicycles or just running to speed through it. Unfortunately, at both ends, there are busy roads and a few times the kids weren’t able to stop. There have been a few close calls and thankfully no-one was hurt but it was an accident waiting to happen.”
The alleyway in question is beside the primary school main entrance which is in the John Kirk Estate.
Cllr Cunningham said “The Council have erected a safety barrier at the John Kirk side and will have the Gort Uaine end done early next week. It is a very simple thing but child safety is a priority and this could help save a life.”
Before the safety barrier
After the safety Barrier
Councillor Edel Corrigan has today welcomed the news that funding has been approved to complete essential works in Saltown, Dundalk.
Speaking today, the Sinn Féin councillor said “Louth County Council applied for this funding in February under the Unfinished Housing Development Special Resolution Fund and I am delighted that it has been approved. We should see parts of the Estate resurfaced and essential works carried out.”
“These one-time dream homes that in the past were in high demand have now turned into victims of the building boom bust where residents have had to suffer due to poor planning and development and sections of the unfinished phases of the development.”
Edel Corrigan acknowledged that “the residents have worked hard together to improve the area and to have the bonds released to have the development finished. Hopefully this funding will go some way to achieving that. Works should be completed by the end of November.”
The Dundalk/Carlingford Councillor said “everyone has the right to live in a decent, clean and peaceful environment. These people have been left in a building site so I am delighted that this money is coming and warmly welcome it.”