RESIDENTS of Blakely Close in Dundalk were full of praise for local councillor Oliver Morgan this week after he came up trumps for them in helping get the entrance to the estate tarmacked.
The entrance to the small estate had been a bone of contention for those living in the area for some time with huge potholes proving a major obstacle for residents as they looked to venture out onto the Avenue Road.
However, months of hard work and lobbying by those affected paid dividends on Thursday evening when the Town Council eventually solved the problem, with Cllr Morgan taking many of the plaudits.
He was with a large number of residents at the affected area the previous Friday as they lobbied council officials to have the potholes filled in.
Their pleas proved successful with local resident Bernie Rice expressing her relief to The Dundalk Democrat that the problem was finally fixed.
“This had been going on since last year,” she said, “ and it was getting steadily worse, especially with the big freeze over the winter period.
“It got so bad in recent weeks that there was no way of avoiding the problem and you had to let one wheel go gently into the hole in the middle of the road to get out but that was dangerous if you met oncoming traffic.
“It was also a huge problem for people with prams or on bikes. One local man went over the handle bars and chipped a bone in his elbow and I personally had to replace a wheel on my car.”
The problem has now been amended with Bernie admitting “it was a case of Oliver sorting it.”
She said: “It was fixed on Thursday but we had had the council down the previous Friday and they were very nice in fairness. They looked at it from a safety point of view and brought their report back to the senior engineers and they clearly viewed it as a priority.
“We couldn’t have got it done with Cllr Morgan though. Another woman contacted him over Facebook and fair play to him he got the job done for us.”
Cllr Morgan was quick to deflect praise from himself, however, instead praising the residents of the estate for their unity on the matter.
“I’m a great believer in people power and the turn out by the residents on the Friday was superb.”
The independent representative’s work in Blakely Close is far from finished though as he now intends to lobby council officials to do something about the two derelict, burnt out houses at the entrance of the estate on the Avenue Road that have been in that state for some time.