No dispute over Durrow roadworks says county council

Laois County Council has refuted claims that a row over grits diversion roads delayed the start of sewerage update works in Durrow.

Laois County Council has refuted claims that a row over grits diversion roads delayed the start of sewerage update works in Durrow.

“There is no dispute between us and Kilkenny County Council. The works are starting next week,” said Director of Services Kieran Kehoe last Friday January 9.

Cllr James Kelly highlighted the dispute, which he said is over who is responsible for gritting the diversion routes, which cross the Laois Kilkenny border. It was posted on www.durrow.ie

“I believe the contractor hadn’t signed off on gritting, this should have been done before he put up signs,” he said, referring to Burke & Ward contractors.

The six week job was postponed until after Christmas to allow for shopping, but businesses were concerned that the town is already closed he said.

“I went through Durrow the other day and it was like a ghosttown. It’s essential this work is done, but it’s a very slow process,” said Cllr Kelly.

Burke & Ward say the delay was “outside the contractors control” but that diversion signage was covered over and roads not blocked.

“It could not be construed that the closure was implemented on Carrigan Street. We are now happy to confirm that the closure is due to be implemented this morning (Monday January 12). It has been approved until March 13. We envisage the works will completed within the time frame and hopefully in advance. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to businesses,” they said.