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Cleaning and clearing of drains and gullies in estates is raised

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Cllr Gino O’Boyle

Cllr Gino O’Boyle

Cllr Gino O’Boyle

The necessity for the cleaning of gullies and drains on roadsides and in housing estates was raised by Councillor Arthur Gibbons.

He said there was an instance recently in Cartron estate when people had to try and keep water out of their homes at 3am. He asked if it would be possible that the programme of works be increased in this regard.

Director of Services Tom Kilfeather said that while the gully maintenance programme was beginning again soon, it was often a balancing act in terms of how much the council can do with resources available. They carry out work on gullies as appropriate, he said, though it was likely that no system would have been able to cope with the deluge of rain in short periods of time as has been the case on a couple of occasions in Sligo in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Shrubbery is set to be cut down at Stephen McDonagh Place in Sligo. A motion from Cllr Gino O'Boyle also called for wooden fencing at the back of the houses to be replaced with a concrete wall as there are issues with rat infestations.

Cllr O'Boyle said it was an ongoing issue and needed to be solved, while Cllr Arthur Gibbons said that while enhancements have taken place in the area, this particular section has not been improved. As it is the main route motorists coming from Enniskillen use, Cllr Gibbons argued that investment in the area would be 'investment in the town itself.'

Director of Housing and Corporate Bartley Gavin responded by saying that the shrubbery would be cut, while other items such as fencing and the wider area would be looked at.

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