Following today’s council update , Cllr Wall has sought further clarification from Kildare County Council on the timelines for completion of the road.
Previously we were assured by Council and their consultants that an indicative completion time for the road was the 3rd Quarter of 2020, today we were informed this could be 2022.
At the same time the Council are saying there is “ No problem with funding “ , Council have enough staff at this stage of the project and most surprising the council state the project is moving quicker than expected.
Upon questioning the senior engineer , we were informed that the CPO’s ( Compulsory Purchase Orders ) for the land will be published in January and that a number of contracts for the road would progress in 2018.
The parts of the road identified for these contracts meaning actual diggers on site include the part of the road by the Dunbrinn and Corran Ard estates where the Council stated they wanted to work closely with the Residents , indicating monthly meetings with them.
Concluding , Cllr Wall stated “ We have being informed that we will get a specific timeframe for this road at our January 2018 meeting. Given previous indications , which have all happened to date, this new date of 2022 is unbelievable and needs urgent clarification. I’ve being providing monthly updates on this road following each Council meeting , the last one indicating planning had finally being achieved. Now is the not the time for delays , after all we’ve being told funding is not a problem, Athy and it’s people await the clarification, no further delays are acceptable.
Press Statement Kildare County Council
Storm Ophelia – Further Update at 5pm on 16 October 2017
Kildare County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team met again this evening. The emergency services in the county, namely the roads crews, fire service and civil defence will continue to monitor the situation and respond as required over the coming hours and during the night.
The clean up operation will commence at first light tomorrow (7am). The Severe Weather Assessment Team will re-convene at 9.30 tomorrow to re-assess the situation.
The public are reminded to heed the warning from the Met Office and stay indoors.
Kildare County Council’s emergency number is 1890 500 333
Thank you for all your calls and concerns. I’ve being onto emergency services since morning , important now that we stay of the roads , electricity is out in most of South Kildare . I’m informed Our brave emergency services will be back out once the worst of winds are over but in the mean time Kildare Council emergency number is 1890 50 03 33 or my own 0833341488 – stay safe everybody
Speaking following his motion to the Athy area Committee on Vacant Council Homes , Cllr Mark Wall welcomed the news that Kildare County Council have increased their budget to turn around these potential homes in quicker timeframes.
In response to Cllr Walls calls , KCC confirmed that they were not happy with the turnaround times but a combination of funding , lack of staff and contractors removing themselves from the council framework has lead to delays
The Council have in response to the unacceptable delays , advertised for new contractors and are finalising this list. They are putting together new framework tender documents that will allow quicker turnaround times and have already invited pre-qualified contractors to tender for existing work . Applications have also being made to central government for additional staff and funding.
Cllr Wall added ” I’m aware of over 20 vacant properties in the Athy area that can and should become family homes urgently . In the crisis we have at the moment , allowing council homes to remain unoccupied for in some cases, periods of over 1 year is totally unacceptable. I welcome the news today on funding and the changes in the long winded documentation but I’ll be highlighting this issue at every opportunity .As I’ve said before there is no one solution to the housing crisis but the Authorities inability to turn around family homes in a reasonable time frame should not contribute to this crisis.
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Delighted to attend two fun days in Athy and Ballyroe. Well done to the Residents of Dunbrinn and Ballyroe. Community spirit at its best!
Out in Kilberry and Kildangan this evening , our office is open from 9.30 in Athy in the morning , if we can help you