Fears over ‘chaos’ at Hazelwood Ave

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

Fears over ‘chaos’ in Bay Es­tate when works be­gin on a sewer up­grade project in Hazelwood Av­enue emerged this week.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Pat Clarke, who has lived with what ap­pears to be a sink­hole at the bot­tom of his gar­den for nine years, told the Ar­gus that although he ‘re­ally wel­comes the work fi­nally be­ing done..it couldn’t be get­ting un­der­way at a worse time with the schools back again.’

‘We have been call­ing for this work to be done for nine years, and then out of the blue we have heard it is be­gin­ning on 19th Septem­ber.’

He said it was ‘ baf­fling’ that work was be­ing started on such a huge project just as the schools in the area had re­turned.

‘We had no no­tice at all from Ir­ish Wa­ter that this was go­ing to hap­pen next week. They had been in touch with res­i­dents about car­ry­ing out sur­veys back in April, but noth­ing since then,’ added Pat.

‘It re­ally is go­ing to be chaos as this street is a main thor­ough­fare for the schools traf­fic and buses. I don’t know why they couldn’t have done this in the sum­mer, es­pe­cially with all the good weather we had.’

Louth County Coun­cil did ad­ver­tise a tem­po­rary road clo­sure a num­ber of weeks ago at Hazelwood Av­enue ‘ to fa­cil­i­tate the up­grad­ing of the ex­ist­ing sewer network within Bay Es­tate as part of the Ir­ish Wa­ter Com­bined Sewer Up­grade Project.’

The ex­tent of the road clo­sure will be from the junc­tion of N52 Coes Road to the junc­tion of Elm Grove.

The road is ex­pected to be closed for 10 weeks dur­ing the 14 week pe­riod from Wed­nes­day 19th Septem­ber to Fri­day 21st De­cem­ber 2018. Di­ver­sions will be in place.

Cllr. Maeve Yore raised the is­sue at this month’s meet­ing of the Dun­dalk Mu­nic­i­pal District Com­mit­tee.

She crit­i­cised the ‘ lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion’ with res­i­dents and bus op­er­a­tors about the works that are set to be­gin.

‘I have been work­ing on this is­sue with res­i­dents for a num­ber of years, and I’m very dis­ap­pointed that they could not have been shown the courtesy of be­ing in­formed these ma­jor works were about to get un­der­way.’

She said she had spoke to lo­cal bus op­er­a­tors, who were also dis­mayed at not be­ing given any prior no­tice of the works.

Joe Do­herty with his Horses ‘Jack’ and ‘Dolly’ at The Knock­bridge Vin­tage Rally.

Part of the gar­den of Pat Clarke’s, Hazelwood Av­enue home has clearly sunk.

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