Newport Litter

LITTER around the recycling bins near Newport fire station had brought “vermin and flies and all that go with it”, Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath told the February meeting of Newport area council.

LITTER around the recycling bins near Newport fire station had brought “vermin and flies and all that go with it”, Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath told the February meeting of Newport area council.

He said they had tried to solve the problem last summer, but even CCTV cameras didn’t work.

The issue was raised by Cllr Phyll Bugler who told councillors that rubbish was overflowing from the bins. She asked if they could be moved to a different location.

“They are dangerous near the fire station with broken glass around the place. Perhaps they could be moved to the car park where people can go in and go out,” she said.

Area manager Liam MacCarthy said he would bring the matter up with the environment section and that “perhaps they could get the lines of communication flowing so that people could call the council”.

Cycleway Hedges

LANDOWNERS along the N7 cycleway can access the lanes for hedge cutting and other maintanance, Cllr John Carroll was told at the February meeting of Newport area council.

He had stated that farm traffic was not able to use the new cycleways and had asked that an exception be made in their case.

However, senior engineer Michael F Hayes replied that work could be carried out as long as the proper signage was in place.

Cllr Phyll Bugler described the E900,000 spent on the cycleway as an “astronomical amount of money”.

“We all like the idea of cycle routes and we all want people coming over here, but the cost was very high. Could it not have been done cheaper? It comes to priority and at the moment safe roads are the priority so that people can go to work,” she said.

The issue was also raised by Cllr Mattie Ryan, Coole, who said: “We accept that the cycle lane money couldn’t have been spent on anything else. But how can you tell people E900,000 was spent on it and there’s no money for roads. What’s the use in being on the council if you can’t get roads for people?”

Dangerous Bend

THE NRA will not fund works at a dangerous bend in Cragg, Cllr Phyll Bugler was told at the February meeting of Newport area council.

She told the meeting that something needed to be done about the bend.

However senior engineer Michael F Hayes said it would be “quite expensive” to realign the road and the NRA would not fund it at the moment.

“If you carry out minor improvements, you are not bringing it up to standard. It would have to be funded out of our own resources,” he said.

Mr Hayes suggested improving signage at the bend.

Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath suggested that the council “shave a few of feet” off the ditch to make it wider.

N52 Footpath

PEOPLE are afraid to walk along the new footpath on the N52 around Nenagh because it is being used by cyclists, Cllr John Carroll told the February meeting of Newport area council.

“They are afraid cyclists will come up behind them and won’t use it in the evenings,” he said.

Senior engineer Michael F Hayes pointed out it was a shared facility between pedestrians and cyclists, and that some more work needed to be done on the route.

Bawn Flooding

A house at Bawn on the Nenagh to Silvermines road was in danger of being flooded because of water lodging on the road, according to Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath at the February meeting of Newport area council. He was supported by Cllr John Carroll.

Ballina Bridge ‘Flaking’

ANGLERS have reported that the underside of Ballina bridge is flaking, Cllr John Carroll told the February meeting of Newport area council.

He asked if the council was satisfied with the structural report carried out on the bridge.

Senior engineer Michael F Hayes replied that “structurally, it was not an issue. You will get plants growing under the bridge and bit getting dislodged. We will look at it again.”

However, it would have to be a visual inspection as a full assessment would require divers.

Meanwhile, the meeting was told that water had undermined certain elements of Carrigmadden bridge. The bridge was affected by scouring and water, but the council has funding to repair it. The issue was raised by Cllr Carroll.