CLOSURE NOTICE WARNING FROM COUNCIL AT SIENNA COMPLEX
‘SERIOUS FIRE SAFETY DEFICIENCIES’ IN FRANCIS STREET DEVELOPMENT
THE Acting Chief Fire Officer for Louth, Austin Concannon, has said that ‘serious fire safety deficiencies’ must be ‘immediately rectified’ at the St Catherine’s apartments in the Sienna complex at Francis Street.
At Monday’s Drogheda Municipal District meeting, Louth County Council confirmed that the fire officer ‘ had written to the Property Management Company, listing the works required.’
If there is not ‘immediate progress’ on sorting out the issues, then ‘a Closure Notice will be recommended’.
The matter was brought before the members by Cllr Frank Godfrey who has been working for months on the issue.
He said a fire took place at the apartment complex last December and since then he has been investigating the circumstances and following up on concerns expressed by worried residents.
The council answered a number of his questions on Monday, including, ‘Does the building meet all current fire safety regulations?’
The answer was ‘No. The building was not constructed in accordance with the Fire Safety Certificate.’
Cllr Godfrey said this was a ‘wake up call’ and the fire officer had been active on the matter, having met with the management committee.
Cllr Paul Bell asked what immediate steps were to be taken if people were living ‘in an unsafe property.’
Cllr Tommy Byrne commended Cllr Godfrey on his efforts, but said the management committee at Sienna were excellent and would deal with the issues.
Cllr Kenneth Flood asked why were people living there for 20 years.
‘In Priory Hall, people were evacuated. If this situation is like that, why are people not evacuated.
‘Do we have tenants in the building and can they be accommodated elsewhere.
‘If notice is served and there’s deficiencies, will the owners be liable,’ he asked.
Director of Services Paddy Donnelly said it was an ‘ongoing investigation’ by the fire officer and he would ‘clarify if it was a serious risk’.
Cllr Kevin Callan said the report was ‘ hearsay’ and should not be raised at a public meeting.
Concerns have been expressed about the Sienna apartments