Road surfaces not being reinstated
Criticisms were levelled at service providers for the 'terrible condition' of roads after works are carried out, when councillors met for the March Municipal Committee meeting last week.
Cllr. Conor Keelan said he had a number of issues to raise around the 'current state of the road network.'
He said he had been contacted by many local people who raised concerns about road surfaces which were not properly reinstated, and highlighted a stretch of road from McSwiney Street to Oriel Terrace, which was in a 'poor state' since works were carried out. He added that recent broadband installation in local estates had also left many roads surfaces in bad condition.
'I know that Ard Easmuinn has been highlighted, and that the residents association there had a chance to meet with Virgin Media,' said Cllr. Keelan.
'But what happens in estates where there is a less active residents association, or none at all. This will create a whole vacuum, as there will be no one to raise these issues. Residents need more communication from service providers.'
Cllr. Maeve Yore said that in the case of Ard Easmuinn residents didn't have the chance to meet with Virgin before the works started, but only had an opportunity to raise their concerns a few weeks ago. She said the only communication before the works began was a leaflet posted through their letterbox, saying 'it is simply not good enough.'
Cllr. Edel Corrigan said she was disappointed to see that the condition of these roads had not improved since it was raised at the last meeting.
Cllr. Mark Dearey added that he distinctly remembered that during a presentation to the council Irish Water had said they would return 18 weeks after roads were completed to reinstate the surface, asking 'Can we not hold them to that?'
Director of Service, Frank Pentony said that service providers pay a deposit to the local authority, which can only be claimed back when the reinstatement is completed.
Cllr. Maria Doyle asked that the same surface be reinstated as in some areas a different surface was used that mis- matched the rest of the road.
Councillors heard that it is stipulated any reinstatement is 'like for like,' and that a new Clerk of Works has been appointed at the council who will be looking into these issues.