Independent candidate Hugh Conlon.
Former Councillor and independent local election candidate in Mid Louth, Hugh D Conlon, has written to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, informing him of public dissatisfaction with the proposed N52 by-pass of Ardee.
Conlon said that, whilst it is wonderful to see the scheme on its way to help ease traffic congestion in the Town of Ardee, it will also have serious impact for people in the the Mullenstown, Towns Park and Silverhill areas west of the town.
He pointed out to the Minister that the proposed road passes through" Ardee Bog" which is prone to flooding throughout the year.
“A number of residents have said that if the project goes ahead as it stands there is no doubt that their homes will be flooded as a result of the bad design” he wrote.
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Several speakers at a public meeting in the Ardee Parish Centre on Thursday last said they could not understand why the project did not incorporate underpasses and bridges to maintain connectivity to Ardee Town for this vibrant rural community.
Conlon pointed also to the fact that, as it is proposed, the scheme will cut off the Ardee Celtic soccer pitch and the Sean McDermott's GAA grounds from the Town of Ardee along with local businesses.
“Wearing your hat as Minister for Sport as well as Transport, you will fully appreciate the damage that these proposals will cause; to the decades of voluntary community effort and hard graft to build these much needed facilities which the Town greatly depends on” Conlon says in his letter.
Many speakers said that, if built as proposed, the by-pass would make it more convenient for them to do their shopping in Carrickmacross and Kingscourt.
“If this goes ahead it could be a double hit on the Ardee Traders who are now also facing a scandalous hike in their commercial rates” Conlon said.
“Parents, children and school buses will have to travel miles out of their way on a daily basis going to and from the schools in Ardee” Conlon told the Minister, “as will the elderly and disabled doing their shopping and collecting their pensions and visits to the doctors and the Day Care Services in Town.
“Also the Emergency Fire and Ambulance Services will have to travel longer distances from Town to get to houses on the other side.
Conlon concluded his letter to Minister Ross by saying: “I am asking you to intervene now and bring about the upgrades needed to satisfy the residents in keeping with best practice.”