Work on Sarsfield Street in Nenagh is to carry into the first week of December, it has been revealed. Nenagh Municipal District Council had initially hoped to have the major project of restoring footpaths and installing new public lighting finished by November 30. However, it will now continue until December 5.
“I gave that commitment (that work would end by November 30),” district manager Marcus O’Connor told councillors, “but it makes sense to go on for the extra days. We are committing extra resources to it.”
He pointed out that the council would not normally carry out work around the town after December 8, which would leave the footpaths unfinished for at least a further two months.
Mr O’Connor revealed the project had become delayed after the workers hit rock.
The issue was raised by Cllr Hughie McGrath, who said the business people felt the work is going on for a long time.
However, Mr O’Connor stated: “We didn’t just walk in there. We distributed leaflets. We said it would take 10 weeks from the September 22 start date.”
He said the council had received complaints over the years of the footpaths and the public lighting being in poor condition. He revealed Airtricity was refusing to repair some lights because they were being hit so often by vehicles.
Cllr Seamus Morris had earlier said it was “embarrassing” that work was continuing for so long, pointing out that businesses had been affected by it. He said it may have been preferable to do only one side of the street at a time.
Cllr Morris also said that some residents had concerns about new public lighting going outside their windows.