Concerns over safety at Rathkeale building sites

Concerns: Cllr Stephen Keary
LOCAL councillor Stephen Keary has claimed that health and safety issues at some building sites in Rathkeale need to be addressed urgently.

LOCAL councillor Stephen Keary has claimed that health and safety issues at some building sites in Rathkeale need to be addressed urgently.

“Some pavements are not accessible and are unprotected,” he claimed at a meeting of local area councillors last week. He named one particular site, which he said was not properly screened off from the street but where he said that 21 conditions had been laid down in planning permission.

One of these conditions was to have a supervising engineer or architect to oversee the development. “It would appear every rule in the book is being flouted again,” he said.

He also cited the example of a four-ton mini-digger at a different site which had been left out on the road overnight, “with no lights, limited cones and no watchman” .

The digger was being used to cut a trench across the road but the reinstatement of the road was “very raw”, the councillor said.

Council engineers told Cllr Keary they had met the contractor since and had warned him they would not deal with any more of his applications unless he tidied up. The permanent re-instatement of the road was due to take place on the day of the meeting, Cllr Keary was told.

Meanwhile, Cllr Kevin Sheahan has asked that councillors be kept informed on developments at another site in the town. This site has been the subject of complaints to the council because of anti-social behaviour.

The conditions for the site were clearly for one owner, the councillor said but suggestions were being put about that a number of people had since bought into the site.

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