Sunday 19 November 2017

Residents ordered to take down street-knits

Members of the residents association wanted to add ‘a bit of fun and a bit of colour’ to Tayleur’s Point in Rush.
Members of the residents association wanted to add ‘a bit of fun and a bit of colour’ to Tayleur’s Point in Rush.

John Manning

THE spring weather has been so unseasonably cold so far that it seems even the road signs and lamp-posts on a Rush estate needed to don a woolly jumper but the residents' attempt at some light-hearted whimsy has been stamped out by the council who claim the colourful knitwear sported on some of the estate's road furniture, is a traffic hazard.

For a few months now, road signs and lamp-posts at Tayleur's Point in Rush have been bedecked in colourful knitwear, in an artistic initiative embarked upon by the local residents' association.

Hella Tolan is chairperson of the association and knitter-in-chief and recently received the bad news from Fingal County Council that the street-knits had to come down.

She told the Fingal Independent: 'Basically what happened was at the very beginning of this, we just wanted to have a little bit of art in our estate.

'We are in regular contact with Fingal County Council about it and found it was taking quite a long time and quite a bit of time and effort and form filling to do anything so we came up with this idea just to get a bit of colour into the estate.

'We said we would put the knitted decorations up and then take them down when they got unsightly but unfortunately, some neighbours have complained to Fingal County Council about them.'

She said that whoever complained about the knitted decorations never made their feelings known to the residents' association and, if they had, perhaps the issue could have been sorted out before the council got involved.

The residents' association understand that the council has its rules and has to follow them but said that residents of the estate take on a lot of the work in maintaining Tayleur's Point themselves and thought the local authority might support them against the complaints.

The residents' association chairperson said: 'This was more for a bit of fun and a bit of colour in our estate and the overwhelming majority of residents were really happy about it and we just don't believe this could be a health and safety issue.'

The council has written to the residents' association advising them of very limited circumstances where the decorations might be permitted, but in effect, the association will now have little choice but to take down the colourful knits.

Ironically, that move might only happen just in time for the erection of several election posters on the same lamp-posts and street signs and residents might wonder why the politician's faces are any less a distraction to drivers that some woolly decorations.

Fingal Independent

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