CONCERNS that the pitch and putt course in Templemore’s Town Park could be flooded due to the work carried out on the lake were raised by Cllr Lily O’Brien at the town council’s November meeting. While praising the lake project work as “first class”, she said the club had concerns.
“We are troubled in the pitch and putt club. We are monitoring the water at the moment and feel we are going to be underwater. The committee is under severe pressure. If the lake project interferes with the pitch and putt course, it will be a disaster,” she said.
However, Cllr Mick Connell pointed out that Templemore Golf Club was closed at the moment “and there is no lake project near it. You can’t walk the golf course with the water.”
He said it was “never the intention to flood the pitch and putt course”, and stated he had visited it on the day of the meeting “and there was no water”.
Cllr Connell stated the water “will never be higher. It has been tested. You can drop the level of the lake in six hours if a deluge comes.”
He urged Cllr O’Brien to “wait and see, every place is wet. It is a bad time to judge land.”
But Cllr O’Brien maintained “there are concerns”, pointing out drainage had been carried out and the water was “coming over the pipe, not through it”.
“I’d hate to see any damage done or any expense on our club to resurrect it,” she said.
Cllr Joe Bourke revealed he was approached by four members of the club about the issue, but “I didn’t see anything major when I walked it”.
However, he said the council “should be big enough to say we will sort it out if there is a problem. I don’t think there will be a problem, but we should give a commitment.”
He urged that the overflow pipe be moved downstream of the weir, and Cllr Martin Fogarty wondered if the council should wait until the course is flooded or carry out the work now.
“Leave it,” urged Cllr Connell. “It is the wrong time to do it.”
Cllr Bourke remarked: “If the course is going to be flooded, the whole town would be underwater.”
The issue was raised after Cllr O’Brien suggested leaving the details of the town’s budget for next year to management on the basis that “footpaths, lights and roads are our priority”.
However, town clerk Tom McGrath said funding would be different for next year, but he was hoping for around the same level as 2012.
Cllr Connell then suggested the council include a maintenance figure for the upkeep of the lake in the Town Park in next year’s budget.
He said that it would mean the council would never have to do a major job on the lake like it had to this year.
Cllr Marcus Wilson agreed, pointing out it was “40-odd years since anything was done with the lake”. He said that paths in the park were also now in good condition.
Cllr Valerie Young agreed, but revealed that people had told her that because of the work on the lake, the water was now a “good bit deeper”.
She called for lifesaving rings to be placed around the lake. “It needs to be attended to immediately.”
Town clerk Tom McGrath said he check the guidelines for the numbers required, while Cllr Wilson revealed that it was “60 years since there was a fatal accident in the lake”.
The town’s lake committee was praised by Cllr Bourke for the “fabulous work done”. He also praised the council and management as well as North Tipperary Leader for their initial investment. “If not for them it might never have taken off.”
He also had a “special word of praise” for Jim Hassey, who, he said, had done “Trojan work down the years”.
Cllr Bourke said it was “sad to read that Leader might go the same way as ourselves. They have done fantasic work in communities.”
He was supported by Cllr Mick Connell, who said: “The message should go out loud and clear: hands off Leader, Phil.
“Leader has been looked on as a success by the Europeans. Why change something when it is going well. The EU wants to copy it and we want to abolish it.”
He warned the funding will be “controlled by pressure groups” if it goes the way it is intended.