Ne­glect of The Glen needs to be tack­led

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - BY FIONA MAGENNIS

A LO­CAL Coun­cil­lor has said ac­tion must be taken to tackle the de­plorable con­di­tion of The Glen in Yel­low­bat­ter.

He said there is a high level of dog foul­ing and dump­ing go­ing on in the area and even the signs warn­ing against these breaches in the law have been de­faced and van­dalised.

‘ This year, just like last year, I have been con­tacted by res­i­dents and a girls foot­ball team that uses the area con­cerned at the state of The Glen,’ he said.

Coun­cil­lor Flood had a list of com­plaints in the area. ‘ There is a high level of dog-foul­ing and dump­ing go­ing un­pun­ished. Even the signs warn­ing against these breaches in the law have been de­faced and van­dalised, that shows you how lit­tle re­spect there is for the area by some peo­ple. They have even de­faced the podium ex­plain­ing The Glen’s his­tory,’ he said.

A more se­ri­ous is­sue ac­cord­ing to Ken­neth Flood is the high level of the stream. ‘ The stream is high be­cause the grid at the road tun­nel is blocked with de­bris and rub­bish, some of which is ac­tu­ally tree branches that were cut down by the Coun­cil and not taken away from the site. More wor­ry­ingly, the grass verge there is steep and slip­pery and if any­one, adult or child, were to slip and fall into the stream at that point they would have lit­tle chance of sur­vival. It’s an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.’

The coun­cil­lor said he has con­tacted Louth County Coun­cil and re­quested that all these is­sues be dealt with as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

‘I am seek­ing to have the coun­cil signs re­placed and the podium re­stored, to have the lit­ter/dog war­den pay some at­ten­tion to The Glen to stop the dump­ing and dog foul­ing, es­pe­cially where the foot­ball teams train and as a mat­ter of ur­gency, to clear the de­bris and silt from the stream to lower the wa­ter to safer lev­els.

He said he has raised The Glen in Yel­low­bat­ter sev­eral times as these same is­sues re­cur. He said he will con­tine to raise it un­til The Glen and other green ar­eas are fit for pur­pose and no longer ne­glected.

The dan­ger­ous banks at The Glen.

Cllr Flood at the Glen sign.

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