Congratulations were extended to Ger Corbett of Thurles Sarsfields who won a McNamee Award for the Best County Final Programme in Semple Stadium recently. Cllr John Kennedy extended the congratulations and said that the award recognised the high level of excellence brought to match day in Semple Stadium by the match programme. Cllr Seamus Hanafin agreed and said that the role brings huge responsibility as well as a huge workload, and is done on a voluntary basis.
Councillor Billy Clancy was elected Chairman of the Area Committee at the July meeting having been proposed by Cllr Micheal LOowry, mayor of North Tipperary, and seconded by Cllr Seamus Hanafin. The Chairmanship of the committee is rotated between the five area councillors over the five year term of the council.
Councillor Jim Ryan was informed by Area Engineer Mr Ruairi Boland that a comprehensive inventry has been undertaken of the bridges in the area with the view to getting some work done on problematic structural work when funding comes available. Mr Boland said that the aim would be to pursue a number of bridges in one scheme and to get them done under one contract as soon as the money is available to do so.
Castle Park Estate
Area Manager Mr Matt Shortt told members that tending to the lighting situation at Castle Park in Two Mile Borris would be a priority for the council now that funding has been secured for the work . Cllr Jim Ryan had questioned him on this and said that the situation had been going on for a long time.
Cllr John Kennedy has appealed to the council to ensure that hedges at dangerous junctions are cut back as a matter of priority as they are causing untold problems for motorists. Mentioning areas such as Brittas, Cassesstown, Ballydavid, Coolcroo and Slievenamon Meadows, Cllr Kennedy said that cutting back the ditches would make a big difference to road safety. Cllr Micheal Lowry added that there should be a method of spraying sections of ditches near dangerous junctions to ensure that the weeds do not continue to grow. Having to cut them on a number of occasions during the summer is a waste of resources, he said. Area Engineer Mr Ruairi Boland said that the Environmental section of the council would have a big difficulty with using spray. Cllr Clancy said that the Road Safety Authority is spending huge sums of money on advertising campaigns regarding road safety, while at the same time, the council cannot get funding to undergo hedge cutting which would have a far more effective end result. “It doesn’t make much sense,” he said.
Prices for upgrading the Suir bridge footpath in Thurles are currently being sought , members were informed, with the surface having fallen into very poor condition. Mr Boland said that the prices will be assessed and a decision made on what to do.
No suitable location can be found for the installation of a pedestrian crossing in The Ragg, members have been informed by Mr Boland. Extensive surveys have been conducted but it is not possible to come up with a suitable location, he said.