Areas Requiring Attention Raised At Council Meeting
At a recent meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Mayor Lola O’Sullivan Called into question the condition of the cobblelock on Strand Road, saying that it was “well past its sell-by date” and was lifting from the road.
“This is not working, it never worked and we need to lift it up and start again”. Senior Engineer Niall Kane responded, by saying that there are no funds available in this year’s budget. but claimed that the road could be looked at in the context of next year’s overall budget
At the same meeting, Independent Cllr Joe Conway stated that it has been nine years since the Metal Man’s pillars were painted, Back in 2006 with the help of Clem Jacob’s Hire and the late Cllr Ben Gavin, the pillars were painted white, and made the iconic local landmark far more visually attractive. However, the pillars themselves are very exposed and, Cllr Joe Conway now feels that they need to be repainted once again.In response to his query, Cllr. Conway was told that there is no allocation in the 2015 budget for such work to be carried out, but, however, the Department stated that it would examine the cost involved.
Cllr Conway also noted the condition of the now derelict Rocketts of the Metalman Pub. The Council contractor has, to date, removed dumped material from the pub and boarded up all opening on the ground level, which has made the premises “reasonably secure”. This was done following on from a promise made by Raymond Maloney, the Senior Executive Officer in charge of Environmental Services who,Last July, ensured that the council cleaned up the waste and put measures in place to stop the dumping, and although this was fulfilled, the building remains an eyesore. Cllr Conway also sought an audit on the condition of Newtown Pier in Tramore.