Council’s customer
service now in Ardee

Council’s customer
service now in Ardee
All customer services offered by Louth County Council are now available at the Ardee civic centre and residents of the area are urged to avail of them.

All customer services offered by Louth County Council are now available at the Ardee civic centre and residents of the area are urged to avail of them.

Director of Services Joe McGuinness informed the Municipal District meeting that planning and housing applications can be lodged and bills paid at the centre. The same services are now offered as are in Dundalk and Drogheda.

The meeting was told that two experienced members of staff have been assigned to the centre to provide the services.

The meeting was also told that work on the second and final phase of the improvement scheme on the Station Road, Castlebellingham will commence shortly.

Senior engineer Gerry Kelly with Louth County Council said tenders for the completion of the work had been received, and the council was in the process of appointing a contractor and work is expected to start this month.

Local Councillor Pearse McGeough recalling the job started 12 months ago or longer, asked what the hold-up was.

Mr Kelly said that the NRA was funding the scheme, and the council was dependant on the funds coming through. There are now adequate funds to complete the project this year.

Director of Services Joe McGuinness held out no prospect of the low late of housing allocations improving.

Councillor Pearse McGeough noting that there were 70 social housing allocations this year in the county, commenting that the figure was “no consolation for those people waiting on a house for five, six and seven years.”

Mr McGuinness said any allocation was made from “voids and houses that were surrendered and come into the council’s possession.”

He didn’t see that changing in the coming months and year, and saw the same rate of allocations for the next number of months to the end of the year.

The council is to carry out an assessment of the pedestrian crossing at the Bank of Ireland in Ardee following a request by Cllr Jim Tenanty, who asked for the crossing to be re-located.