Councillor concerned over ‘dangerous’ Ashgrove fence

“If a couple of kids drown at least I can say I raised it at this meeting. It’s dangerous,” Councillor David Goodwin said of a health and safety issue in a Mountmellick estate.

“If a couple of kids drown at least I can say I raised it at this meeting. It’s dangerous,” Councillor David Goodwin said of a health and safety issue in a Mountmellick estate.

Cllr Goodwin made his comments when he was unhappy with the Council’s repsonse to a gap in the fence in Ashgrove estate which leads down to the Owenass River.

Cllr Goodwin had first raised the issue, at the January meeting of the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick area councillors.

At that meeting, Cllr Goodwin impressed upon the councillors the importance of fixing the gap. He warned that a tragedy would take place in the area if the issue was not adressed quickly.

“This needs to be addressed today, not tomorrow.

“A huge tragedy is going to happen there. There is a 30 foot gap and the other side is the River Owenass,” he said.

Area engineer, Breda Cuddy said the local general services superviser, Ger O’Mahony had reached an agreement with the residents regarding the fence.

“It’s a private fence it’s not the council’s responsibility but Ger has agreed with the residents that they will pay part of the cost of fixing it an d the council will pay part.”

Also at the previous meeting there had been some confusion over whether the estate had been taken in charge or not, but Ms Cuddy confirmed to the councillors that the roads in the estate had been taken in charge by the council but the estate itself was not.

Cllr Paddy Bracken also asked if there had been any progress on fixing the wall at the entrance to the same estate which needed to be repaired.

Ms Cuddy reported that a contractor had been appointed to the job the day before the meeting took place.

“This is good news. It’s needs to be addressed, the residents apprecaite the council fixing the wall.”

Cllr Bracken had previously explained that the pile of rubble left from the fallen wall was a danger to the public.