Emergency services cannot find Allenwood road

Gerard Bagnall, Ger Ryan, Michelle O'Neill, Celine Brennan, Anna Coyne-Sheridan and Pat Sheridan from Bluetown Old Bog Road.
The council has been asked to take over a road in Allenwood as emergency services are having difficulty finding it, while other traffic refuses to tackle the stretch.

The council has been asked to take over a road in Allenwood as emergency services are having difficulty finding it, while other traffic refuses to tackle the stretch.

A deputation from the Bluetown Old Bog Road told the Clane Area Committee meeting on October 8, the residents could not afford to continue to pay for its upkeep.

Local resident, Michelle O’Neill said she had to drive her sick four-week old baby seven miles to Clane to meet the ambulance because they couldn’t find the road. She explained how a car had burned out on the road because the fire brigade was delayed in finding the location.

“I’ve had to collect furniture from the top of the road because the delivery truck wouldn’t drive down the road because it was so bad,” she stressed.

She said if things continue, the school bus wouldn’t be able to access it.

Ger Ryan said he paid €11,500 in levies. He said he and his neighbours gave money towards a local improvement scheme in 2005. He said people were under pressure from property tax and other charges.

“I may be forced to sell my house but the banks will not give money out to people to buy it because it is accessed by a private road. It’s worth zero,” he said.

“We are not asking Kildare County Council to resurface the road, we are just asking them to fill the potholes once or twice a year.”

Chairman, Gerard Bagnall recalled how the Allenwood sewerage scheme contractors used the road on the understanding that it would be returned to its original state.Cllr. Brendan Weld said he was concerned the emergency services couldn’t find the road and that delivery trucks and the school bus were also having trouble reaching the residents.

“I think it is absolutely intolerable,” he said.

Cllr. Liam Doyle said that surely the road was a unique candidate, as public traffic had been diverted through it during the sewerage works.

Director of Services, Sonya Kavanagh said there were private roads that had been given a name so emergency services can find them. On foot of a request from the councillors, she said the matter could be discussed in committee to see how the situation could be resolved.