Nenagh residents left with potholes as council can’t enter private estate

Cllr Virginia O'Dowd
A call to fix potholes in a Nenagh housing estate have been rejected by the town’s executive because the estate is private.

A call to fix potholes in a Nenagh housing estate have been rejected by the town’s executive because the estate is private.

Councillors Hughies McGrath and Virginia O’Dowd both asked that work at Springfort Meadows on the Limerick road be carried out.

“They are very patient people,” said Cllr McGrath. “We keep saying we are meeting the developer but is there any light at the end of the tunnel?”

Cllr McGrath said that even travelling at 5mph motorists were in danger of damaging their cars in some of the potholes.

“We need some leniency in our approach to send in a patching unit. Hopefully it is near being taken in charge,” he said. “We need to stand up for these people.”

Cllr O’Dowd pointed out that because the roads had not been fully finished, the manhole covers were sticking up out of the ground. She also asked for signage to alert drivers exiting the estate that there was a roadway left and right for houses at Shesherakeale as many drivers were leaving the estate at high speed not realising there may other road users trying to exit from Shesherakeale.

The issue was also raised by Cllr Seamus Morris in a notice of motion calling on the council to ask the Department to apply a waiver for Property Tax for all the residents as it was an unfinished estate.

“People bought their houses there in good faith,” he said, but pointed out that no second fix of tarmacadam had been placed on the roads and there were no lights.

Cllr Morris was supported by Cllr Tommy Moylan who said that the estate was not finished and not taken in charge by the council.

Knocking the appeals on their head, Marcus O’Connor, town manager, said: “We can’t go into private estates. They are not our property.”

However, he said that there had been a lot of progress and there was now better engagement from different parties.

“These estates won’t be solved in a matter of weeks,” he said.

Fleadh Cheoil

Nenagh town councillors agreed to a suggestion from town manager Marcus O’Connor that the balance of funding left over from its enhancement scheme should be given to the committee that organised the County Fleadh Cheoil in Ballina to help them bring the All-Ireland Fleadh to the town. The committee needs at least E100,000 to secure the Fleadh for Nenagh.

Cllr Hughie McGrath and Cllr Virginia O’Dowd both highlighted the area’s rich musical heritage, with Cllr McGrath saying he had been watching a concert by American superstar Joe Bonamassa when the guitarist revealed that he had Nenagh’s Jerry O’Connor on banjo and fiddle.