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Municipal Meeting Round-Up: Calls for Hunterstown speed reduction

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The Mid-Louth Civic Services Centre in Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie
We were at the latest monthly meeting of the Ardee Municipal District on Thursday evening. We’ve already brought you news about the Cherrybrook potholes and efforts to have a meeting with IDA representatives. Here’s the rest of the news from the meeting.

 

Hunterstown Speed Limits

Jim Tenanty tabled a motion at the meeting asking that the council’s speed limits committee convene to work towards reducing the speed limit on the N2 at Hunterstown. Speaking at the meeting, Tenanty said, “I’ve been contacted by four different bodies within that area and the speed is too high,” he said.

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“The reduction – going from 100km to 60km – is too dangerous,” he continued. “With so many kids using Hunterstown Rovers for training nearly every night of the week, it’s a danger. With recent bereavements, it has highlighted the urgency for something to be done. Residents feel very strongly about this. I think as a body we should recommend the speed should be reduced.”

Tenanty had previously brought up the issue, asking that the limit in the area be reduced to 80km. However, Ardee Municipal cathaoirleach said that “No speed limits committee had been convened in the last two years” in the region.

Dolores Minogue said she “totally agreed” with Tenanty’s motion while Colm Markey also agreed, using his speaking time to also draw attention to an “extremely dangerous” pothole north of Blakestown Cross. “It must be six inches deep,” he said.

Best Wishes To Patricia Reid

Councillor Minogue offered best wishes to Ardee lollipop lady Patricia Reid on her retirement after over 30 years for the Monastery Boys School in the town.

Tierney Street Disability Housing

Louth County Council officials confirmed at the meeting that the local authority were still waiting on final approval on seven new units at the Oaklee devlopment on Tierney Street in Ardee. The houses were previously scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

The houses in the latest phase of the development in Ardee will be designed for people with intellectual disabilites, namely St John of God clients. Also, in the housing report, Director of Services Joe McGuinness also said the first 29 units of social housing at Castle Guard were due to be ready for occupation by the end of September.

Irish Water Praise

Councillor Tenanty – reacting to Irish Water’s response to recent incidents on Bridge Street and the Drogheda Road in Ardee – said “I’d like to congratulate Irish Water on a swift response to three items I raised with them recently. They get a lot of bad press, but it was a swift response.”

N52 Bypass

The six assembled councillors were shown a map of the proposed N52 bypass at Thursday’s meeting. As previously reported, it will start at Mandistown and join the N2 at the Glebe, opposite Drummonds. It will be connected to the existing N52 Kells Road at Bohernamoe.

Sinn Fein councillor Pearse McGeough raised concerns over flooding provisions and was was told by county engineer Sean O’Reilly that “it has to be taken into account, it is necessary. It is a flood plain.”

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