Calls have been made for the council to take over a pot holed road in Allenwood as emergency services are having difficulty finding it, while delivery trucks and bin lorry’s refuse to tackle the 400m stretch.
A three-person deputation from the Bluetown Old Bog Road told the Clane Area Committee meeting yesterday,Tuesday October 8, that families were struggling and 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 pointed out the 12 householders were now paying property tax, had paid development levies, and would now have to pay water levies. She said if things continued the way they were, the school bus wouldn’t be able to get down the road.
Ger Ryan said he had been given planning permission in 2004 and paid €11,500 in levies. He said he and his neighbours gave money towards a local improvement scheme to fix the road in 2005. He the new charges and taxes were putting pressure on people. He said his household income was down by €1,000 compared to when he built his house.
“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 of the Bluetown Old Bog Road residents, Ger Bagnall recalled that when the sewerage scheme was being worked on in Allenwood in 2005, the contractors had used the road on the understanding that it would be returned to its original state. He detailed how the residents forked out for the local improvement scheme. He said people could not afford to pay for the work and were not in a position to fix the pot holes. He said the amount of development levies paid by the residents amounted to €75,000.
Cllr. Brendan Weld said he was concerned the emergency services cold not 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 for being taken in charge, as public traffic had been diverted through it during the sewerage works, and it was supposed to be reinstated to its original state.
Cllr. Seamus Langan claimed the council had no problem giving people planning permission and taking levies off them, and he questioned the facilities provided in return.
“It’s take take from the council all the time, but there’s no give give give,” he stressed.
Cllr. McEvoy pointed out that levies were earmarked for particular projects, but he said the road met the criteria of having more than six houses to be taken in charge.
Director of Services, Sonya Kavanagh said the council gives a number to a road when it is taken in charge and it is then put on a map, However, she 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 try and see how the situation could be resolved.