“This is an absolute scandal,” thundered Cllr David Goodwin at a Co Council Mountmellick area meeting last week, referring to the closure of Tullamore Road, Clonaslee, to facilitate a sewer upgrade.
The Fine Gael councillor went on to outline the difficulties faced by local people.
“The contract was given to some people not from the county or constituency. This has caused tremendous inconvenience to people. They cannot go to play matches, cannot go to Mass, cannot go to shop in Tullamore. They are taking their lives into their hands going the other routes,” he said
Senior Executive Engineer Brenda Cuddy said Irish Water had taken over the road and it was no longer under the Council’s remit. Irish Water had applied for an extension of the road closure, she said.
She added: “The actual works are outside my control.”
Cllr Goodwin said the works were supposed to finish on February 22. That had been extended to March 15. Now it could be April 15. He asked the County Manager to intervene.
Cllr Lisa Delaney of Labour said children are affected.“It’s a huge issue with parents bringing kids to school. The detour road cannot sustain the traffic,”
Cllr Seamus McDonald, Fianna Fáil, blamed the Health and Safety Authority for the the problem which, he claimed, was causing chaos. He said a local businessman had protested about the situation.