MUNGRET residents are seeking an urgent meeting with Limerick County Council over what they maintain has been a 20-year record of neglect of their village.
Mungret Community Alert, a group formed two months ago, is highlighting traffic dangers, flooding, a lack of footpaths, poor lighting and other issues.
And the local group is also looking for assurances that the upgrade of sewerage and foul water scheme - for which over €2 million was allocated by John Gormley last year - will go ahead. Over 90 people attended the inaugural meeting of Mungret Community Alert a few weeks ago.
Nigel Mercier, chairman, said residents had looked on enviously at the vast resources invested by the County Council in neighbouring Raheen over the years.
“We had been told during the boom that a comprehensive local area plan was in place for Mungret and while that looked very good it was contingent on money from private builders,” Mr Mercier said, explaining that infrastructural deficits in the village were meant to have been paid for through development levies applied as a condition of planning permission.
“Now that is obviously not going to be done until we have the next boom, if we ever have one. A lot of work has been done in Dooradoyle and Raheen but nothing has been done in Mungret for 20 years,” he said.
Over €2 million was allocated by the Department of the Environment to upgrade the sewerage system in Mungret, where most people rely on septic tanks.
Mr Mercier said that while Limerick County Council was living up to its side of the bargain in securing a contractor for this project and finalised its funding application to government, “the concern now is that if the money has not been spent soon, it could become a casualty of the cutbacks”.
Flooding, he added, was a serious problem in the village, particularly between the credit union and the church and around the community hall and GAA pitch. Pools of water had been a more regular occurrence since a pipe was laid through Mungret four years ago, which locals cannot tap into, to service developments in Clarina.
* A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader print edition, dated December 10, 2011