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De La Salle residents left “in uproar” over annual estate mess

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De La Salle estate in Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Residents of De La Salle Crescent have once again expressed their ire at what they feel is an undermining of their efforts to keep their estate clean – as tractors shedding their loads are littering the main road through the estate.

Locals woke up on Tuesday morning this week to find the estates’ footpaths and throughway littered with straw as tractors begin their annual traipse up and down the De La Salle roadway, from Hale Street to an access gate to fields at the top of the crescent.

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An annual problem, having to clean up the mess made by tractors and agricultural vehicles is a constant issue for locals. Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie, Colm Carey, chairperson of the De La Salle residents association said, “The whole lot is a mess this morning, after me tidying up all week – watering flowers and everything. It’s a mess. It’s the same every year.

“I don’t mind the trailer going up with the grain but when the straw is coming down – it’s hitting the trees and coming down. He has an outlet on the Drogheda road – I don’t know why he doesn’t use it,” he continued.

“We have to clean it up now. It’s a show. It’s everywhere, a total disaster.”

De La Salle has won several prizes in the Louth Looking Good competition over the last number of years, and as ever, locals fear this latest incident could affect their ranking this year. Last year, the estate finished second in the Looking Good Louth Category D (over 40 houses) competition.

“There’s another access off the Drogheda road that is owned by the landowner. I don’t know whether he has right of the way to use it, I know the council have,” Jim Tenanty told ThisIsArdee.ie.

“There’s a gap here at De La Salle and it’s the easiest way for him to go. The residents are annoyed, but that’s a mild way of putting it. To spend so much time cleaning and doing up the whole place for competition and then to wake up and discover that the whole is destroyed.

“The residents are in uproar, they’re nearly crying here.”

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