Council encourage people to use fixyourstreet.ie to report local problems

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Louth County Council are encouraging people who are dissatisfied with matters on their streets to submit their complaints to www.fixyourstreet.ie

This system will then be used to determine what needs to be prioritised.

Amongst the problems people can report are:

  • Graffiti
  • Road or path defects
  • Street lighting
  • Leaks and drainage
  • Litter and illegal dumping
  • Tree and grass maintenance

Issues raised on fixyourstreet.ie will be responded to within two working days.

Senator Moran calls for accessibility issues to be addressed at Dundalk Town Hall

Dundalk Town Hall

Dundalk Town Hall

Senator Mary Moran has urged Louth County Council to address the longstanding accessibility issues present in Dundalk Town Hall.

While no longer the home of Dundalk Town Council, the Town Hall in Crowe Street is still an important public amenity and Senator Moran says she has had “numerous complaints” about accessibility to it.

She said: “Since entering the Seanad I have received numerous complaints, specifically regarding the auditorium and toilet facilities, from local residents regarding the accessibility of Dundalk Town Hall. Following these representations,  I have been in contact with Louth County Council over the course of the last couple of years to raise this issue.

“We have an opportunity to address this issue prior to the busy holiday and panto season and provide the appropriate facilities for people with a disability or limited mobility.  Wheelchair users and individuals with a disability should be able to enjoy the same access as anyone else who visits the Town Hall.

“Earlier this year I held a meeting to address accessibility issues in Dundalk town centre following an accessibility report compiled by Mr John Morgan, a Dundalk resident. Those who attended the meeting were anxious that the council consult with them prior to undertaking works in the town centre. I fully support further consultation and believe that the accessibility issues raised regarding the Town Hall should be addressed as a matter of urgency. I will continue to actively engaging with the council and residents in the community regarding accessibility in our town centre and Town Hall.

“I will continue to engage with  Louth County Council to address the accessibility issues in Dundalk Town Hall as a matter of urgency.”

Plans for five new houses in Seatown

A planning application has been submitted to Louth County Council for five new houses in Seatown.

Valentine Mongey has applied for permission to demolish the existing dwellinghouse at 38 Seatown. In its place it is hoped to construct a 3 bed terraced house, two 2 bed apartments and two semi-detached 3 bed houses.

A decision on the matter is due by January 10th.

Plans still in place for new office building at Seatown Place

Plans for a new four storey office building at the former Rice’s Builders Merchants Yard in Seatown Place could still be in the offing.

Sprucetree Park Ltd were granted planning permission for the development in 2008 but never built it, largely due to the recession and downturn.

However, the company – which is run by Martin and Kathleen McGeough with a registered business address at Beagan’s Business Park on the Newry Road – have now applied to Louth County Council for an extension of the planning permission.

They hope to demolish the existing buildings and in their place build a four storey office building complete with an underground car park and surface parking.

There would be a vehicular entrance at Seatown Place and a pedestrian only entrance from the Ramparts Road with a pedestrian bridge over the Ramparts River, according to the plans.

Louth County Council is due to decide on the matter by January 8th.

Diesel sludge dumped in Knockbridge overnight

Two cubes of fuel laundering waste were dumped at Stephenstown Pond in Knockbridge overnight.

The 2,000 litres of toxic fuel waste was discovered this morning. Contractors have been contacted by Louth County Council about the problem.

The dumping of fuel waste is an ongoing problem in this area with dumping at Stephenstown Pond becoming more and more frequent. Concerns have been expressed about the

Ferdia Chocolates to open Christmas shop for one day only next Saturday

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Ferdia Chocolates are opening a Christmas shop at their factory in Ardee for one day only next Saturday November 29th.

On the day there will be plenty of treats for sale, loads of samples and great competitions.

The Ferdia Chocolate Christmas Shop is located in the Currabeg Business Park, just off John Street.

According to Ferdia’s sales administrator, Giovanna Morris: “Christmas is just around the corner and our little elves at the Ferdia Chocolate factory are hard at work getting ready for the festive season.

“We would love to invite all of our lovely customers to our fabulous Christmas shop on the 29th November to sample, share, shop and enjoy the luxurious taste of Ferdia Chocolates.

“The day will be filled with festive fun and Christmassy delights with delicious competitions, tempting samples & joyful carols! Christmas is the perfect time to show someone how much you care, so fill their stockings with Ferdia’s exquisite treats this season!”

For further details check out Ferdia Chocolates on Facebook.

Five new townhouses given the go ahead for Mill Street

Five new townhouses have been given conditional planning permission to be built on Mill Street in Dundalk.

Thomas Agnew had applied to Dundalk Town Council for planning permission for the quintet of 1.5 storey town houses on land adjacent to the Garden House last March.

He also sought permission for the renovation of an existing dwelling including the replacement of the existing Perspex roofed porch with a new porch with slate roof.

The porch stone front wall will remain as is while there will be a new side and rear boundary for the existing house.

After a request for further information, the council finally made their decision earlier this week to give the homes the go ahead subject to 25 conditions.

The Garden House was bought in December 2010 for €300,000 according to the Property Price Register.

Charity night organised in Dundalk in aid of Crumlin children’s hospitals

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A charity night in aid of the Children’s Heart Centre and Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin will take place in Clan na Gael hall next Friday at 9pm.

The event has been organised by local couple Kieran Conachy and Leanne Gallagher as a thank you to staff for the support shown to them since the birth of their baby boy, Shea, seven months ago.

Born in April this year with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, where the chambers valves and blood vessels on the left side of the heart are not properly formed, Shea has needed highly specialised treatment to overcome these early challenges.

Now his parents Kieran and Leanne are fundraising for the charities and organisations which have been at the centre of their son’s life.

On the night there will be performances from Voice of Ireland winner Brendan McCahey and local dance group, Crystal Ice.

There will also be a raffle for over €2,000 worth of prizes with one lucky person winning a meet and greet with former Westlife star Nicky Byrne on his 2FM radio show.

Tickets, priced €10, are available from Deja Vu hairdressers in Francis Street or Fatima Stores in Fatima Court.

Alternatively contact 087-3865650.

Dundalk IT submit planning application to convert from JJB complex into sports education centre

What the new facility could look like

What the new facility could look like

Dundalk IT have submitted a planning application to Louth County Council to convert the former JJB complex at Bothar na Feirme into a sports and education centre.

The college hope to change the existing retail area at the first floor level into an area equipped for sports educational and training purposes. They also hope to use it as an exam hall when they see fit.

Meanwhile, the existing playing pitch area and associated changing area at the ground floor level will also be used for sports education and training uses, as well as as an exam hall.

The proposed development will also consist of a new pedestrian access point of Bothar na Feirme, the removal of an existing vehicular access along the western boundary, the reduction of 79 car parking spaces and the reconfiguration of the existing car park layout. There would also be a repositioning of the existing bus lay-by to provide for a dedicated cycle parking area, as well as elevational changes to include the erection of four new fascia signs.

It is also hoped to construct a new boundary wall to the north and west, in addition to landscaping and all site development works.

A decision on the matter is due to be made by January 6th.

Corrigan hits out at Irish Water staff for blocking cycle lanes

Cllr Edel Corrigan

Cllr Edel Corrigan

Sinn Féin councillor Edel Corrigan has hit out at Irish Water workers who are obstructing cycle lanes while installing water meters in the area.

In a statement, the Mountpleasant woman said the workers were “endangering the lives of cyclists” and showing “disregard for residents.”

Cllr Corrigan said several people in the area had contacted her about the matter in recent weeks and expressed her concern, describing it as a “safety issue”.

She said: “I have contacted Irish Water and the Council about this asking if the contractors had sought a permit to close the cycle lanes. No alternative access routes have been provided for the cyclists and this has had a knock on effect on the traffic and pedestrians alike.

“I am sure Irish Water have informed their contractors that it is illegal to block cycle lanes. If they have then they are being ignored by their own contractors. Well they are not the only ones being ignored by the contractors. Residents are supposed to receive advance notice of when works are commencing. That is not happening and I have logged this concern with Irish Water also who informed me the contractors must give this advance warning as part of their contract.

“Unfortunately the only notice some residents get is when they are awoken at the crack of dawn by loud drilling and hammering.”