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Municipal Meeting round-up: Social housing boost for Ardee

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The Mid-Louth Civic Services Centre in Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley Photography.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

We were at the April meeting of the Ardee Municipal District committee in Ardee last Thursday. This week, we told you about the discussions had regarding Sean O’Carroll Street and the pedestrian crossing on Castle Street. Here’s a quick round-up of the rest of the local stories brought up.

Castleguard Development

The meeting heard that “most if not all” of the new houses at the Castleguard estate being built in Ardee will be social housing units. There is 107 units being built at the site. A creche, which was included in the initial plan, has been omitted after an An Bord Pleanala decision. The meeting also heard that the nominations for these houses will “probably” be through Choice Based Letting.

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“With 100 units, it will have a huge impact on the Mid-Louth housing list,” Director of Services Joe McGuinness said. “It has to be welcomed,” Dolores Minogue added.

Dawson’s Demesne

Cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue brought up an issue with footpaths in Dawson’s Demense. She said that residents were getting shoes and buggys caught on the timber edging that separates paving there.

Bins in Ardee

Minogue also brought up a query regarding more bins to be installed at various areas around Ardee, such as John Street and the Drogheda Road at the Boys School. Engineer Sean O’Reilly told the councillor that there was an issue with people misusing the bins.

Signage at Anaglog

Jim Tenanty asked the present council official to remove a five tonne weight restriction sign that remains on the Anaglog to Ballapousta road. The restriction was only in use during the work at Blakestown Cross before Christmas and is no longer in effect.

Free parking at Our Lady of Lourdes

A motion was tabled by cathaoirleach Minogue asked that Louth County Council write to the management of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to ask that efforts were made to ensure free car parking for cancer patients or a designated family member or carer during their treatment.

The meeting was told that a similar motion was tabled in Drogheda and there an amendment was made to replace ‘cancer patients’ with ‘frequent treatment patients.’ Colm Markey believed that a consistency should exist in the motions across both Municipal districts.

Jim Tenanty told the meeting that a designated parking area for cancer patients was available at Our Lady of Lourdes. He said it is in the old outpatients section, including up to 30 spaces. Tenanty told the meeting the facility is free to use. “You get your ticket stamped,” he said. Tenanty also felt they council should look for more, which Markey agreed with.

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