Two poles hold­ing up much needed work out­side school

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

LO­CALS and road users are highly frus­trated at the hold up in the de­vel­op­ment works in Ballintogher vil­lage due to the pres­ence of an Eir pole in the vicin­ity of the school ac­cord­ing to lo­cal coun­cil­lor Thomas Healy.

He had lob­bied for these works for some time but has ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment at the sud­den halt to the job with the con­trac­tor leav­ing the site.

“These are long awaited de­vel­op­ment works with new safety mea­sures and a foot­path around the na­tional school.

“The work had pro­gressed very well up to last Fri­day week when work was halted and the con­trac­tor had to leave the site due to the pres­ence of two poles ad­ja­cent to the school, an E.S.B and an Eir one.

“The E.S.B has been very help­ful, has con­tacted the school di­rectly and is due to drop their line in or­der to al­low work to progress.

“In con­trast how­ever the Eir process is very slow with a long ap­pli­ca­tion and de­lays in re­ply­ing with a pro­posal as to when to be­gin its pole re­moval.

“In talk­ing with other Coun­cil­lors around the Coun­try this is not an iso­lated case and other projects have also been held up due to Eir poles.

“The area around the school is now more con­gested than ever as the par­tial works com- pleted have left it very dif­fi­cult for par­ents to park and turn their cars.

“I am call­ing on Eir to pri­ori­tise this process, they are go­ing to have to move the pole any­way and in­stead of con­tribut­ing to pub­lic dis­tress they should get this re­moval com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Work un­der­way near the two poles out­side the school at Ballintogher.

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