Hurlestown Lane res­i­dents re­volt!

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

PLAC­ARD- CAR­RY­ING res­i­dents of Hurle­stone Lane, Ardee, will take to the streets next Satur­day evening in protest against the amount re­quired by Louth Co. Coun­cil — £679 — be­fore it will take over the un­sur­faced pot­holed road.

Protest or­gan­is­ers say the sum is ex­ces­sive and they are tak­ing this mil­tant stand be­cause they want to fo­cus pub­lic at­ten­tion on such costs.

They hope that one mem­ber from each of the seven houses in the lane will take part in the protest. Ap­prox­i­mately 42 peo­ple live there. Pot­holes run the length of the lane mak­ing it haz­ardous for driv­ers and lo­cal trades­men make their de­liv­er­ies of food­stuffs there with some re­luc­tance.

Patrick Ward ,car­pen­ter, mar­ried with one child, and one of the or­gan­is­ers of the protest, said: “We in­tend block­ing the road in protest against the con­di­tion of the lane. We got an es­ti­mate of £679 from the County Coun­cil and were told to make up our minds be­fore the end of the month.’

“They wanted the £679 be­fore touch­ing the lane which is in a very bad con­di­tion. There is one non-vested cot­tage up there and al the oth­ers are vested. We all pay rent and rates and we want the coun­cil to get mov­ing be­cause the win­ter will soon be in.”

“I my­self have had to put two new ex­hausts on my car be­cause of the con­di­tion of the lane sur­face and the milk­man and post­man are re­luc­tant to come although they do.”

Another res­i­dent. Eu­gene Kane said they had been press­ing the coun­cil for umpteen years to do some­thing. For­mally, they would ‘ throw a load of gravel on it but a com­plete job had never been done.’

They were tired of ap­proach­ing the lo­cal T.D.’s and coun­cil­lors.

“We want pub­lic­ity on this so we are hold­ing our protest be­cause writ­ing let­ters, well they just go into the waste pa­per bas­ket,” he added.

Mr. Ward said that when his wife went out with their child, she had to lift the baby out of the pram, and carry him in her arms be­cause of pot­holes.

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