Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEPPER

IS THIS the most dug up street in Wex­ford? Af­ter count­less episodes of road, wa­ter, gas and broad­band works, the res­i­dents of Maudlin­town cer­tainly think so and they are be­ing sup­ported by Cllr. Ger Carthy who says the street is now so un­even ‘you’d need an army tank to drive through it’. The section of main road be­tween Maudlin­town and Rock­lands has had its fair share of street dig­ging for wa­ter ser­vices and broad­band over the past four years but since last June, it has been dug up and re­in­stated so many times for Gas Net­works, Ir­ish Wa­ter and fi­bre op­tic work that peo­ple are los­ing count.

‘We are sick of it. It’s a night­mare. We’ll be in the Gui­ness Book of Records next,’ said Mag­dalen’s Ter­race res­i­dent Tony Malone as he re­acted to the lat­est dis­rup­tion which be­gan over a fort­night ago and has led to con­stant tail­backs out­side res­i­dents’ front doors due to a man­ual stop n’ go sys­tem.

‘You can’t cross the road. The win­dows are dirty. There’s con­stant noise and vi­bra­tion. The foot­paths are filthy and you’re drag­ging dirt into the house. You’re wak­ing up in the morn­ing to road-cut­ting saws and JCB’s and com­ing home in the evening to the same thing. The road has been like a war zone since last June’, he said.

‘If some­one wants to get con­nected to the gas net­work they have to dig it all up again. There are so many bumps in the road now that a neigh­bour said to me that we have 17 “sleep­ing po­lice­men”,’ said Tony.

‘We’ve suf­fered ma­jor dis­rup­tion but there is no com­pen­sa­tion, they don’t even clean the foot­paths. We don’t get up­dates on what is hap­pen­ing and we haven’t been given a fin­ish­ing date’.

Cllr. Carthy said he raised the is­sue at a re­cent Coun­cil meet­ing and was told that the peo­ple of Maudlin­town and Rock­lands will have to en­dure spo­radic street dig­ging for at least the next year as gas net­work con­nec­tions are in­stalled and there will be no hope of the per­ma­nent re­in­state­ment of road and foot­paths un­til then.

‘In fair­ness, peo­ple in the area are crack­ing up with the sit­u­a­tion’, said the In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor who called on the lo­cal au­thor­ity to en­sure that when a road is dug up that all ser­vices are in­stalled at the same time and a re-in­state­ment then car­ried out.

‘Why don’t they do it in a co-or­di­nated way and put in spurs for easy ac­cess.’

Cllr. Carthy asked what fi­nan­cial bond the Coun­cil se­cured for road and foot­path re­pairs and was in­formed that it had re­ceived €500,000 for a road-open­ing li­cence but he said this will not be enough to re­in­state the dam­age caused through­out the town.

No end in sight: dig­ging to con­tinue for at least the next year.

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