Thurles Area Council Briefs

Turtulla Cross - Councillor Seamus Hanafin asked to have the approach to Thurles at Turtulla tended to along the side opposite Thurles Golf Club clubhouse. The clubhouse side has already been tended to, he said, but the opposite side is now in need of urgent attention and it is very unsighly. Cllr John Kennedy agreed with him on this while Area Manager Mr Matt Shortt also agreed and said that it will be examined to see what can be done.

Turtulla Cross - Councillor Seamus Hanafin asked to have the approach to Thurles at Turtulla tended to along the side opposite Thurles Golf Club clubhouse. The clubhouse side has already been tended to, he said, but the opposite side is now in need of urgent attention and it is very unsighly. Cllr John Kennedy agreed with him on this while Area Manager Mr Matt Shortt also agreed and said that it will be examined to see what can be done.

Congratulations

Congratulations were extended to Peake Villa FC on their success in Manchester recently in U-17 and youth football competitions. Cllr Seamus Hanafin said that it was a fantastic achievement for the club and he congratulated both sets of players and management. Meanwhile Cllr John Kennedy also congratulated Bobby Farrell on the recent success of a road race staged in Thurles in aid of the Community Hospital of the Assumption.

Bridges

Cllr Jim Ryan asked for an up-date on the proposed refurbishment of Graigue Bridge. He was informed by Engineer Mr Ruairi Boland that a water main was discovered just below the surface of the bridge and Iarnrod Eireann has been contacted about the situation as it is their responsibility.

Meanwhile Cllr Billy Clancy said that there is a very similar situation pertaining with Cloughmartin bridge and he asked to have this addressed as well.

Pouldine Junction

Cllr Jim Ryan was informed by Mr Boland that extensive works will be carried out at Pouldine Cross as a low cost scheme to assist with sight lines. The school wall will be realigned to give a better view, while the ditch along the Ballymoreen road will be removed and replaced with fencing in order to make it easier to negotiate the junction. Cllr Micheal Lowry welcomed the news as the final piece in the jigsaw while Cllr Seamus Hanafin said that residents of the area had wondered about getting the name of the junction carved on a large stone and placed strategically in the area. He was informed that this could prove costly and funds are very tight.

Bottlebanks

Cllr Seamus Hanafin brought to the attention of the members a proposal by Littleton Community Development Group to relocate the bottlebank in the village and asked the council to take this on board. Cllr Jim Ryan backed him up on this while Cllr Billy Clancy said that similar attempts at relocation of bottlebanks in Ballycahill and Upperchurch proved futile. If there is an agreeable alternative location for Littleton, it should be explored, he said.

Roads

Roads issues dominated the meeting with councillors raising a number of issues from throughout the area. However, the Engineer and the Manager both informed members that such have been the level of cuts in manpower - staff numbers have been reduced from 26/27 over the last 5/6 years - that it is very difficult to get around to all the jobs that have to be done.

*Mill road surface at the roundabout was raised by Cllr Jim Ryan and will be tended to he was informed.

*Cllr Seamus Hanafin asked if anything can be done about Killinan cross and the difficulties posed by the alignment of the junction. Mr Boland said that a low cost scheme would not be adequate as the work would be very costly indeed. Cllrs Billy Clancy and John Kennedy both requested the proposal to be kept on the agenda as it is very necessary.

* Cllr Hanafin also asked for action to be taken at the CBS secondary school entrance as vehicles are parking right up to the gate thereby making it very difficult for those coming out the gate to see on-coming traffic. He also referred to potholes at Loughlahan and asked to have them tended to.

*Cllr Billy Clancy asked to have a number of roads in the Upperchurch area tended to including Ballymine and Gortkelly.

*Cllr John Kennedy asked for the erection of advertising signs in the centre of Liberty Square to be prohibited as cars parked in the centre of the Square are having great difficulty in emerging into the on-coming traffic. This is a very dangerous situation and he suggested the taking down of the poles as one solution.

Footpaths

Cllr Jim Ryan asked for the footpaths at Slievenamon Road near the entrance to Monadreen to be kerbed as vehicles are mounting the paths in a dangerous manner as they attempt to pass on the inside. Cllr Ryan aslo added that cars are mounting the path at Mitchel Street where the path is very narrow and this is causing much distress to residents. Cllr Billy Clancy pointed out a problem with a kerb in Ballycahill .

Ditches and Weeds

Cllr Micheal Lowry asked for weeds around the crash barriers on the motorway to be cleared, particularly at Ballymoreen. Cllr Jim Ryan asked to have the ditches at Leugh cut back while Cllr Billy Clancy pointed out that where ditches have been cut, sections are being left around road signs, thereby hiding the signs due to the overgrowing vegetation. Cllr John kennedy asked to have the ragwood at Brittas tended to as it is very high and is impairing the sightlines along the road. However, members were informed by the Town Engineer that due to pressue on staff and having to work with very limited resources, a lot of these jobs will have to be put on the long finger. Area Manager Mr Matt Shortt agreed as did Senior Executive Engineer, Mr Michael Hayes.

Flooding/Sewerage

Flooding issues were raised at Fertiana and Galberstown where soakpits need attention ( Cllr Lowry); Ballyerk and Coolcroo ( Cllr Hanafin); while Cllr Billy Clancy referred to a sewerage problem in Ballycahill village. Cllr John Kennedy also mentioned flooding problems at Cormackstown at Loughtagalla which need attention.

Duree Road

Cllr Billy Clancy wondered at the wisdom of erected a wall at Duree and then placing a high bank of topsoil in front of it which now means that two vehicles will find it very hard to pass each other. He suggested that the bank of clay should be removed and a creeper grown in front of the wall as an alternative and added that weeds will grow on the bank and make the area very unattractive and difficult to negotiate.

Newhill Lighting

Councillor Jim Ryan asked if public lighting could be provided at Newhill where up to ten homes are located in close proximity. The Engineer said that it is not in the urban area and he did not know where funding for such a project could be found.

Jimmy Doyle Road Signage

Cllr John Kennedy asked to have signage erected on the Jimmy Doyle Road directing traffic to popular visiting sites such as Semple Stadium, Thurles Greyhound Stadium, The Racecourse and many more attractions. Better signage is required, he said, to alert people to the fact that they no longer have to go through Liberty Square for all business. Mr Boland replied in response to a question from Cllr Kennedy that ESB poles will be removed off Parnell Street and floodlighting will be provided off buildings.