Gulleys need to be cleared

Thurles area councillors have this week expressed a wish that the contractors working on the Thurles Regional Water Scheme re-instate gulleys at the side of country roads so that water can flow off the roads, thereby preventing pot holes.

Thurles area councillors have this week expressed a wish that the contractors working on the Thurles Regional Water Scheme re-instate gulleys at the side of country roads so that water can flow off the roads, thereby preventing pot holes.

This was one of the many bones on contention the members had with the work being done when it came to discussing issues at a meeting of the councillors in Thurles this week.

And, Senior Executive Engineer Mr Jim Maguire has said that he will take the matter up with the contractor when he meets with them in the coming days.

Cllrs John Kennedy, Billy Clancy, Seamus Hanafin, Jim Ryan and Micheal Lowry from the County Council, and Councillor Michael Grogan from Thurles Town Council all agreed that the condition the roads were being left in was unacceptable. The actual road surface itself is being reinstated but other problems are arising such as inlets being closed and packed up with grit and filling material from the work. Turtulla Cross and Cloughmartin were two areas mentioned - Cllr Kennedy had arranged a meeting of residents so that they could express their concerns about what was going on.

Mr Maguire explained that most of the problems have been resolved on the country roads and while he agreed that thi ngs can be a bit ‘messy’ while road surfaces are being ripped up, by and large the road returns tonormal once reinstatement has occurred.

However, Cllr Kennedy pointed out that the Cloughmartin road has been narrowed due to the embankement being squeeze out while the gulleys are all blocked. Cllr Seamus Hanafin wondered who would be reinstating the entrances to private houses, some of which have been damaged, while Cllr Micheal Lowry felt that inadequate notice of road closures was being given to residents. Cllr Jim Ryan said that Turtulla Cross was left in a disgraceful state.

Mr Maguire told members that while it would be better for contractors to clear the gulleys before they move on from one stretch of road to another, the council had no authority to insist on them doing this work at that time. Once the full job is done during the term of the contract, the contractor was entitled to do it in whatever order they wish.

However, he agreed to bring the matter to the attention of the contractor and impress upon them the importance of having the inlets open to allow the water to run off the roadway.

Meanwhile an exact timeframe for the completion of the O’Donovan Rossa Street/Cuchulainn Road junction is undecided at the present time as work continues to widen the road and the footpaths following the demolition of a building on the corner. Cllr John Kennedy had wondered why the roadway is so narrow, but Mr Ruairi Boland, Area Engineer said that this is all being looked at presently while work is underway. Cllr Seamus Hanafin welcomed the work but said that he did have a problem with some of the kerb build-outs utilised in the area. Cllr Jim Ryan asked that no two roads in the town be closed as the same time.