Fianna Fáil candidate in Drogheda Rural, Declan Power, has said that people living in unfinished housing estates are left at a particular disadvantage with exposed manhole covers and uneven road surfaces damaging their cars and making it difficult for those with disabilities to get around.
Mr Power said the issue has been raised on numerous occasions while out canvassing and that until such a time as the housing estates are taken over by the Local Authority the residents are left in limbo.
He explained, “There are many beautiful housing estates in Oriel Cove and Ard na Mara in Clogherhead but they remain unfinished for almost 14 years! Another housing estate in Drogheda’s Tullybrook. A lovely little housing estate, again remaining unfinished with one resident surrounded by three empty houses for the last nine years! This is unacceptable and causing distress for the residents as they navigate their way around the manhole covers jutting up from the road, without damaging their cars.
“Wheelchair users and parents walking with prams have to struggle with high kerbs as the top coat layer of tarmac has yet to be poured in some estates and they are forced to weave their way around the uneven road surface. Lighting in some other estates isn’t up to scratch and residents don’t feel safe.
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“Some home owners, who paid top dollar for their homes, fear that they will never be able to sell their houses while the problems remain unsolved. I believe a programme of remedial works needs to be implemented and that a special fund should be provided by the Government so that the issues can be rectified”, he concluded.