By Dan Walsh at Enniscorthy Council meeting
A few matters relating to Enniscorthy town centre were raised by members at last Monday’s monthly meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council held in the Presentation Centre with Cllr Aidan Browne in the chair.
Cllrs Jackser Owens and Cathal Byrne were concerned about the bin collection taking place while people were trying to enjoy outdoor dining and the inappropriate occurrence of tasty bacon and eggs competing with the nasty smell of waste bin contents. They wondered if the bin companies could leave it later in the day to clear the town’s waste collection? This matter had been on the agenda before, and the councillors requested an update.
Acting Manager Bernie Quigley told the meeting that the Council had written to the contractor asking for bins to be collected earlier, but there is no reply yet! “We are awaiting a reply,” stated Ms Quigley.
Cllr Cathal Byrne raised the concerns of street cleaning and footpaths and asked if Parnell Road and the old Dunnes Stores car park were included.
Senior Engineer Tadhg Ó Corcora reported that Market Square, Wafer Street, Castle Street, Castle Hill and Slaney Street were cleaned recently.
Cllr Jackser Owens spoke strongly against the possibility that the Christmas lights could be affected in the town in December. “The Christmas lights must not be turned off,” thundered Cllr Owens, who quipped; “They will be trying to stop Santy next!”
Director of Services Carolyne Godkin informed the meeting that no decision has yet been made regards the Christmas lights. She said the Council would be guided by whatever decision on the matter taken at national level. “It will not be a local decision. Any decision taken at national level we will follow,” concluded Ms. Godkin.