Council urged to engage with Nenagh traders over town’s foul smell

Nenagh traders feel they are not being listened to over foul odours around the town, Cllr Hughie McGrath told Nenagh Municipal District Council.

Nenagh traders feel they are not being listened to over foul odours around the town, Cllr Hughie McGrath told Nenagh Municipal District Council.

He asked the council to inform traders of what was happening through Nenagh Chamber.

Cllr McGrath said that the odour was strong around Kenyon Street, Friar Street and Abbey Street over the past while and traders felt the council was not keeping them informed on how it will be remedied.

“There was an announcement that drains would be replaced and they now feel that when they complain they will be told it is an isolated problem and stems from their own buildings,” he said.

Cllr McGrath said the culvert on Kenyon Street would appear to have collapsed and this was impacting on businesses.

“I ask you to write to Nenagh Chamber. The traders feel they are not being listened to,” he said.

The smell over the past few weeks was described as “horrific” by Cllr Seamus Morris.

He said that for a long time the smell was being blamed on the drains drying out, but pointed out that there had been plenty of rain over the past month to keep water flowing through them.

“It is frightening that we haven’t resolved this issue,” he said. “Business people in Friar Street have put their faith in this council. They need action.”

Cllr John Carroll said the smell was deterring people from coming into town. The council needed to reduce traders’ frustration by liaising through the Chamber.

“The smell is there for a long time and it is important fr us to find its cause,” said Cllr Mattie Ryan.

Gerry Robinson, director of services, said that Irish Water had appointed consultants who had carried out a CCTV survey. This will be followed by site investigation. The consultants had looked at Kenyon Street, Pearse Street, Kickham Street, McDonagh Street and Well Road.

The final design for any new sewerage system will be included in the town’s gas and water contract.

“Irish Water have assured us it will be in the gas and water project, but there is no programme there yet. When that is known we will let you know,” he said.

Work on the gas pipe lines around the town is expected to start soon and finish in the first half of 2016.