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Monday 15 October 2018

Residents' rage after paths are ripped up

Alison Comyn

RESIDENTS OF an estate on Rathmullen Road are angry at the way Bord Uisce left their footpaths after installing water meters last week.

RESIDENTS OF an estate on Rathmullen Road are angry at the way Bord Uisce left their footpaths after installing water meters last week.

Highlands lies just across the border to Co Meath although it is in Drogheda, so is currently having the controversial work carried out.

However, it is not the actual meters which have caused the rage this time, but the gaping holes in the pavements the householders were left with.

'I live in the Court just inside the estate, and the contractors came last Tuesday to put in the meters,' Gerry Everitt told the Drogheda Independent.

'But having put the meters in, they then moved off leaving huge holes in the footpaths, meaning we couldn't use our driveways, or the children couldn't play near their houses for a few days.'

When confronted by locals, the contractors are said to have replied 'there's nothing we can do', he added.

'We were told the cement truck hadn't turned up, which may have been the case, but it is not acceptable, especially as they went on to complete work in the next avenue, sealing the holes there safely.'

A spokeswoman from Irish Water said they are 'committed to installing meter boxes and water meters with the minimum of inconvenience'.

'The installation process may restrict access to driveways and will cause disruption to the public road or footpath which may last for a few days,' she told the Drogheda Independent.

'This is unavoidable but we'll try to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure that there is safe pedestrian access to and from homes while all work is being carried out.' The statement continued that when a meter box is installed 'we will return the area excavated to its proper condition'.

'This is an essential part of the work and again we will try whenever possible, to keep disruption to a minimum.

'This ground repair work might initially be temporary.

'We will complete permanent ground repair work, or reinstatement, typically within three working days but a maximum of ten working days.'

The reply was cold comfort to some residents.

'The contractors put barriers around the area before they moved to the next avenue, but that still meant we were left with a large stretch of footpath inaccessible to everyone,' added the angry resident.

'They did come back on Thursday and put down yellow covers, but it still caused a lot of hassle.'

Drogheda Independent

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