Thurles Councillor Seamus Hanafin has this week welcomed news from Tipperary County Council that works are to commence very soon on a permanent solution to the flooding issues at Littleton Graveyard which manifested in a shocking manner during last winter.
The unprecedented levels of flooding at the burial grounds caused huge upset for the relatives of loved ones buried in the graveyard and resulted in many calls for immediate action to be taken. The council undertook temporary works to alleviate the flooding but also carried out investigations to ascertain why it was so severe, and what solutions could be found to prevent future flooding. A hydrogeology report was commissioned, drafted and reviewed by the Environment Section of the council while further work to evaluate drainage options has been completed.
Two viable drainage options have been identified and considered and the council has put forward the provision of a thrust bore as being the most advantageous option. This is a gravity drainage option over public and private lands with a thrust bore pipe to be constructed under the old N8 road, discharging surface water to drains on private land. It is a sustainable solution, feasible from a construction perspective and involves a low level of maintenance work. Although there appears to be agreement in principle from landowners affected by the works, formal agreement would be required for this option to be pursued.
“I am delighted that this progress has been made and I am looking forward to the work starting as soon as possible,” Cllr Hanafin told The Tipperary Star. “The Chief Executive Officer of the council, Mr Joe MacGrath gave a commitment to get this problem sorted out and in fairness to him, he has pursed it and followed through to this stage with that commitment. This was an appalling situation last year and nobody wants to have that happen again. I will be looking for some clarifications in relation to the work to be done but I am delighted that it will happen very soon now,” Cllr Hanafin said.