Clerk reflects on a busy year
A BUSY year at Gorey Town Council was reviewed by Town Clerk Amanda Byrne at the monthly meeting last week.
Among the events during the year supported by the Council were: the launch of the LoveGorey website; Cuisle Cheoil festival; conferences for LAMA, the Irish Science Teachers Association, and the Library Association; sponsorship of the town's roundabouts; the Market House Festival; an anti-dog fouling campaign; the new Recycling Centre; a Voluntary Groups Information Fair; various Civic Receptions; Wexford Day; an Environment Competition; Tidy Towns; and the Christmas Market.
She said that the LoveGorey.ie website is not something that will flourish until it gets resources. 'It's something we're mindful of,' she said.
She added that welcome packs were given to the various delegates, promoting various attractions in the area, and they are already looking ahead to the Golden Shears World Championships in Gorey in May.
Ms. Byrne said that the roundabout sponsorship scheme has worked well, and they are now identifying other areas around Gorey that could be sponsored and improved.
She said the Market House Festival in August was a success, but they also need to look at other festivals at other times of the year, and they have taken on an Events Coordinator through the internship scheme.
The Dog Fouling campaign has met with some success, but more work is needed, she said.
She said that on Wexford Day, they organised a historical trail around Gorey, and they are now looking at putting together a brochure and signage.
There was an increase of entries in this year's Environment competition, and she said they now need a big drive for a Spring Clean in the town. The two points increase in the Tidy Towns competition was welcome, but they need to continue to improve the town's score, she stated.
BROKEN LIGHTS SHOULD BE REPORTED
NON-FUNCTIONING street lights should be reported so they can be repaired, Gorey Town Council's monthly meeting was told last week.
The Councillors were told that the number for reporting broken street lights is published each week in The Gorey Guardian in the Wexford Local Authorities advert at the back of the paper. The number for the company that has the contract for the work, Airtricity, is 1850 372 372.
Cllr. Lorcan Allen highlighted the issue, referring in particular to lights out on Church Street in Gorey.
'There are lights out all over the town,' said the Chairman Cllr. Michael D'Arcy Snr.
Cllr. Colin Webb suggested Cllr. Allen phone Airtricity to report the problem.
'The lights are out in Church Street for the past two to three weeks,' stated Cllr. Allen. 'Surely people are entitled to have lights.'
Cllr. Trish Quinn added that a light outside Warren Estates and another at Sean Doire, which were reported, were repaired within 13 days.
Cllr. Angie Dooley said that unless someone takes the time to note down the numbers on the poles of the non-functioning lights on Church Street, and then phones Airtricity, they won't be repaired.
'Who would do a survey of the lights out in the town?' asked Cllr Allen.
Cllr. Colin Webb said that the Fine Gael Councillors did such a survey on two occasions, and reported over 50 lights that weren't working, and they were all repaired.
He said they reminded Fianna Fail about doing a survey the following year, 'and they didn't do a thing.'
MARCH START FOR LINK ROAD WORK
WORK is expected to start in March on the final section of the link road between the Hollyfort Road and the Fort Road in Gorey.
The road will provide greater ease of access for Creagh College, as well as Gaelscoil Mhoshíológ and Gorey Educate Together, and also St. Joseph's NS which will relocate to Creagh next September.
Both ends of the road are already in place, but a section of undeveloped land remains dividing the two.
Completion of the road was delayed while the Council went through a CPO process for the remaining section of land, which was completed recently.
Council Senior Engineer Neville Shaw said it's hoped the road will open during the summer.