Co. Council Round-Up 02/07/17 : the chronicle.ie

Co. Council Round-Up 02/07/17

| July 2, 2017

Pay parking to be extended

Pay parking could be on the way to several more streets in Wexford town following the competition of a review.

Residents in several areas who are having problems with all day parking have demanded action with Distillery Road, Thomas Street and St. Adan’s Crescent all likely to see the introduction of pay parking later this year.

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Toilet concerns

Concern over the condition of toilet facilities at seaside resorts during the summer season have been raised by members of Wexford Borough District Council.

Cllr. George Lawlor said the condition of toilets at Curracloe left a lot to be desired and if asked if a cleaning programme was in place for them while Cllr. Lisa McDonald said the situation in Carne was even worse with toilets locked up during one of the sunniest weeks of the year.

 

Day time drinking, knife attacks and  threats on Wexford street

A serious anti-social behaviour problem involving some Council tenants in the King Street area of Wexford town needs to be tackled urgently, members of the local Borough District Council have said.

Cllr. Deirdre Wadding painted a shocking picture of incidents in the area with day time drinking parties, threats to other residents and stabbing incidents.

Cllr. George Lawlor said he had previously raised this issue at a meeting of the Co. Council but had not named the location.

Cllr. Lawlor said there were a number of Council tenants that needed to be tackled. He said residents were fed up trying to having something done about the problems.

Cllr. Anthony Kelly said it was disgraceful that residents of an old and respected area of the town should be subjected to this.

 

Wexford town needs business plan

A member of Wexford Borough District Council has called for the preparation of an economic plan to help improve commercial and retail life in the centre of Wexford town.

Cllr. Lisa McDonald told a meeting of the local Council that there were twenty five empty units in the town centre and many businesses still operating were under pressure with high commercial rates a particular issue.

She also cited parking problems as an issue and said coffee shops operating outside the town were doing  much better than those located in the centre of town.

She urged urgent action involving all stake holders saying that it was necessary to move quickly as the general economy recovered or an opportunity would be lost.

 

Fire chief promises  more inspections of business premises

Restaurants, nursing homes and other businesses can expect more frequent unannounced fire inspections in the future, the county’s Chief Fire Officer Paul L’Estrange has revealed.

The proposal is part of a plan to beef up fire prevention measures in the county, he told members of the Wexford Borough District Council.

Local councillors raised a number of fire and safety concerns during a presentation by Mr L’Estrange and it was decided that the issues were so important that a special meeting would be required to deal with them adequately.

He also revealed major investment in the fire service across the county with the replacement of two front line appliances on the way at a cost of €500,000.A replacement for two spare vehicles is also being proposed at a cost of €100,000, while three new jeeps are to be purchased at a cost of €40,000 each.

The Fire Chief has committed to examining proposals from the union for the provision of a full time fire service in Wexford town although he indicated to the meeting that he was not personally convinced of the need for the move.

Major works are also planned for fire stations across the county with the New Ross Station to be relocated to the Ring Road at a cost of €2.8m. A total of €350,000 is to be spent on Gorey Fire Station to bring it up to standard.

In Wexford town the relatively new fire station at Clonard is to have €250,000 spent on it to provide for a yard extension and stand-alone storage unit while €100,000 is to be spent on the station in Enniscorthy.

 

HAP House row

The ability or otherwise of people accommodated by the local authority under the Housing Assistance Payments scheme to secure transfers to local authority houses resulted in sharp disagreements between members and officials at a meeting of Wexford Borough District Council with an allegation from Labour councillor George Lawlor that information provided previously by senior officials had not been accurate.

The crux of the problem is whether or not people availing of HAP remain on the housing list and are eligible for transfer.

They do remain on the list, it appears, but stand little chance of securing a local authority house because their housing needs are deemed to have been met under the HAP arrangement.

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