CLO­SURE NO­TICE WARN­ING FROM COUN­CIL AT SI­ENNA COM­PLEX

‘SE­RI­OUS FIRE SAFETY DE­FI­CIEN­CIES’ IN FRAN­CIS STREET DE­VEL­OP­MENT

Drogheda Independent - - FRONT PAGE - BY HU­BERT MUR­PHY

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

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