Pipe-laying work shows ‘utter contempt’ for Tidy Towns

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Tidy towns chairman Sam Milburn at the roadworks at Patrickwell.
The chairman of the Patrickswell Tidy Towns committee says the timing of pipe-laying works in the village shows “utter derision and contempt” for their efforts.

The chairman of the Patrickswell Tidy Towns committee says the timing of pipe-laying works in the village shows “utter derision and contempt” for their efforts.

The group has now decided not to enter the Limerick in Bloom competition because of the damage caused by the ongoing works.

Long-serving chairman Sam Milburn said part of the village was like a “disaster zone” as a result of the works. “In the same week that the planting scheme was completed, and the details of this year’s county competitions were received, a lot of the work carried out so far this year has been reduced to less than nothing with the arrival of contractors to install water pipes throughout the village,” he said.

Patrickswell was the first ever winner of the Limerick in Bloom competition and over the years the dedicated local tidy towns committee has worked hard to keep the village looking its best.

So far this year, they have spent around €2,000 on plants and flowers, according to Mr Milburn, who added: “we couldn’t put a price on what we have done in the village; it is one of those things that is absolutely priceless”.

Now, however, he believes there is no point in entering the competition – which was officially launched this week – as the entrance to the village which is currently being dug up will not be restored to its original condition in time.

“We won’t be entering Limerick in Bloom this year – it won’t be in a fit state to be judged,” he said.

The works are taking place at Collopy’s Cross on the Adare side of the village where a green area is being used to store a large amount of machinery, rubble and other construction equipment.

“It was only a few months ago that Main Street was finished to some acceptable degree after the installation of the sewerage scheme, and in the blink of an eye it’s going to be dug up again. There is a severe lack of joined up thinking here, and a complete disregard for the vast amount of work which the group has undertaken already this year, and any thoughts of preparing for competitions are gone out through the window,” said Mr Milburn. “We and the work the group has undertaken has been treated with utter derision and contempt, and any amount of corporate explanations or apologies from whatever source will be treated with same contempt,” he added.

A spokesperson for Limerick City and Council confirmed that the contractor, Earthworks Profiling Ltd, was laying a watermain from Collopy’s Cross to the Grotto in Patrickswell. “The contractor has been made aware of the concerns of the Tidy Towns committee and has committed to keeping the excavation neat and tidy. The permanent reinstatement cannot be carried out until the pipeline had been subject to a pressure test to check for leaks. The works are scheduled to be completed by 21st August 2015.”