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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019

Millmount walkway and lighting to be repaired

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The cobbled footpath up to the Millmount tower which has become dangerously uneven is to be repaired "as soon as a contractor is confirmed.”

“Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has welcomed a commitment from Louth County Council that the cobbled walkway and the lighting leading up to the Millmount Martello Tower, or the ‘Cup and Saucer' as it's widely known, is to be repaired.

Anyone who has walked up the cobbled footpath from the square in Millmount to the tower itself in the last couple of years will know how uneven and treacherous it is underfoot.

Last month a motion from Cllr Byrne, "Calling on Louth County Council to undertake an assessment and carry out the necessary repairs to the cobble walkway and the lighting leading up to the Millmount Martello tower" was passed pending an examination and a report which would need to take place.

“On following up on the issue” Cllr Byrne said: “I received a timely and welcome response that the examination had in fact taken place and the local authority had identified that works were indeed needed and were in the process of seeking quotes for the works to be carried out.”

Cllr Byrne sought clarification on whether these works were subject to funding and “I am delighted to say, they are not and the works will be carried out as soon as a contractor is confirmed.”

"Too many of our town's heritage jewels have been allowed fall into neglect and disrepair and I wasn't willing to stand by and allow another one go the same way” Cllr Byrne said. “The cobble walkway leading up to the tower at Millmount is our only point of access. If this collapsed where would that leave us?

Not only that, but all the potholes in this walkway are resulting in leaks down into the Governor's House which in turn poses a risk of damage to the internal archway.

“The commitment to carry out the necessary works is warmly welcomed and I look forward to seeing these works commence in the near future."

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