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Wicklow river been Polluted

For the last 15 years a river flowing down through the town of Wicklow is been polluted By a 24 “drain pipe and raw sewage is pumping out of this pipe on a regular bases Some local developer took some short cuts and the local council don’t want to know!

In spite of writing to the local council over the last 15 years and to minster Gormley ,We the residents still suffer the consequences of this pollution

So much for the green party, s protection of the environment I suppose there are only active when the TV cameras are rolling and they can get some Air Time .

We demand action be taken to stop this pollution and the perpetrators be made clean up their mess

Wicklow Town Cinema

At the last local elections in Wicklow some of the now elected councillors promised to do something about the derelict cinema building

I suppose those promises were just that, empty promises that were easily forgotten along with all the rest of them!

That’s what you get when you don’t vote for change!

It is quite shocking to hear we had two cinemas in Wicklow Town in the 1920,s

With 2,650 thousand people out of work in the town why it is not possible to re-open this building as a centre for the self help groups for the unemployed and as a centre of community activity

More and more shops are closing and new ones are not lasting because of the unrealistic overheads

Water charges, rates, rents and insurances

I suggest the county counsel should introduce a municipal insurance

An insurance that all the retailers and trades people pay into and the premium should be paid directly to Lloyds of London cutting out the middle man

This insurance should include public labiality and would reduce the costs enormously

Why the hell not???

This kind of innovative thinking is required if we want to get the town back on its feet again

SAILFEST :Wicklow Town This Weekend!

Come to Wicklow

From the 18th to the 20th of June we have in Wicklow Town a great weekend of activities

The Round Ireland Sail Festival 2010

With Air displays Mardi gras Fancy Dress and the American Drifters, the Garda Band and plenty of Traditional Music (see attached brochure)

Here Wicklow Town Sail Fest 2010

So come on down to Wicklow Town and have yourself a ball and why not stay for the weekend!

Wicklow County council replies (Dangerous road)

Thank you so much for your kind attention,

I know that funds are scarce but this rout is a school run and the thought of an accident occurring because of the road surface is just freighting.

 With kind regards


 (Wicklow pothole action group)
On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM, Kay Leeson <KLeeson@wicklowcoco.ie> wrote:

   Just to let you know that Mr. Marnane has stated that there was too much water yesterday to be able to repir this area, so they put signs on it.  It is expected to get it repaired to day.   Regards Kay

—–Original Message—–
From: Sent: 06 April 2010 15:24
To: Kay Leeson
Subject: Re: Pothole action group

Dear Kay thank you for your prompt reply T

On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 3:20 PM, Kay Leeson <KLeeson@wicklowcoco.ie> wrote:

I wish to acknowledge receipt of your query in regard to state of road at Lower Ballynerrin.   This concern has been forwarded to Mr. Declan Marnane, Area Engineer, for his report and recommendation.   Regards Kay

—–Original Message—–
From: Alvina Brehony
Sent: 06 April 2010 11:05
To: Catherine McCann; Transportation and Roads – Admin
Subject: FW: Pothole action group

  —–Original Message—–
From: 1machholz@gmail.com]
Sent: 04 April 2010 20:56
To: County Secretary – Group
Subject: Pothole action group




Ref: Wicklow Pothole watch group.


Dear Sir or Madam

We would like to bring to your attention the very dangerous state of the road (Map attached and Video) of the Lower Ballynerrin (Marlton road end)

We believe this to be a priority case in road safety as it is a road leading to a school

(Wicklow Montessori school).We asks you to give this your immediate attention before there is a serious accident here.

Thank you (Map) http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&om=0&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=110170022048891024386.000445344891f973d27e2&ll=52.968854,-6.050034&spn=0.021038,0.074158&t=h&z=14   video clip link http://thepressnet.com/2010/04/04/573h

General information on Potholes

A pothole (sometimes called kettle and known in parts of the Western United States as a chuckhole) is a type of disruption in the surface of a roadway where a portion of the road material has broken away, leaving a hole. Most potholes are formed due to fatigue of the pavement surface. As fatigue fractures develop they typically interlock in a pattern known as “alligator cracking”. The chunks of pavement between fatigue cracks are worked loose and may eventually be picked out of the surface by continued wheel loads, thus forming a pothole.

The formation of potholes is exacerbated by low temperatures, as water expands when it freezes to form ice, and puts greater stress on an already cracked pavement or road. Once a pothole forms, it grows through continued removal of broken chunks of pavement. If a pothole fills with water the growth may be accelerated, as the water “washes away” loose particles of road surface as vehicles pass. In temperate climates, potholes tend to form most often during spring months when the subgrade is weak due to high moisture content. However, potholes are a frequent occurrence anywhere in the world, including in the tropics.

Potholes can grow to feet in width, though they usually only become a few inches deep, at most. If they become large enough, damage to tires and vehicle suspensions occurs.

Water pipes broken under the marlton Road

Water pipes seem to be broken under this streach of the Marlton Road


We have tested this water and there is no chlorine present so it must be surface water coming up through the road.

This often happens where the land is higher than the road.

Thanks again for letting us know as it is always worth checking.


Declan Marnane,

Wicklow Area Engineer,

0404 20173

—–Original Message—–

Sent: 25 January 2010 21:43

To: County Secretary – Group

Subject: water pipe breakages

Dear sir or Madam

I wish to draw your attention to the water pipe breakages on the Marlton road

Please inform the relevant department,

Hoping this will bring about the speedy repair and help conserve this precious resource!

Local Councilors attending Conferences and their expenses

This blog post by a former county councillor, Donal Corcoran, has caused quite a kerfuffle over the last few days in Kildare.

source http://thestory.ie/2010/01/15/kildare-kerfuffle-reflected-nationally/
It details what conferences Kildare County Council was charged for by councillors for tickets to over the last year. Yes, that last sentence appears terribly structured but it’s that way for good reason; it appears county councillors didn’t attend all the conferences for which the claimed the cost of tickets.

To get this straight; councillors didn’t attend conferences for which they requested the council pay for tickets. It doesn’t seem to be them over-claiming on their own expenses, instead they seem to be wasting money by not turning up at conferences which the council paid for them to attend. Complicated sentence structures all ’round but I hope you get my drift.

The Leinster Leader and Kildare FM have followed up the story – Leinster Leader without attributing it to the original source unfortunately (“as seen by this paper” tut tut, what’s wrong with crediting blogs, lads?) – you can get their coverage here and here. (Kildare FM credited the story to Leinster Leader). Jim at Primal Sneeze gave me a heads-up on it earlier in the week, you can read his feelings on the matter at this link.

Strangely, some of Kildare’s reps claimed for attending days like “Maximising Your Vote” and “Get Elected: You the Media”. These seminars appear to be geared towards improving an individual’s personal political potential, not their abilities or understanding of the issues they’re elected by the people of Kildare to cover. They really should be paying for these events out of their own pockets, not yours and mine, right?

Maybe a few of the regional and local journalists and bloggers who read this website will consider contacting their own local authority and ask for similar information. It may available on request without submitting an FOI. We could do with a better picture of what type of seminars councillors are attending in the name of improving the standard of local governance. At the moment I suspect widespread junketeering.

I’d also be interested in hearing from conference organizers, surely councilors don’t turn up at conferences that might be on a Friday, sign-in, stay until lunch and disappear? They’d never do that, especially not conferences held far enough away from their area that they’d have to claim an overnight allowance, surely not?

I will be investigating our wicklow councilors in the next few days and hope to post my results next week lads!


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