Clondalkin area councillor Jonathan Graham welcomes work but criticises breach of protocol
Speaking after the Clondalkin Area Committee meeting, Councillor Jonathan Graham welcomed the roadwork upgrade at the junction of the Coldcut and the Fonthill road but expressed his anger and disappointment that residents were not informed about late night work.
Cllr Graham said:
‘I would like to welcome the roadworks at the junction of the Coldcut & Fonthill road which took place recently. This work was well overdue. It should be widely welcomed by residents and politicians alike. It will serve to alleviate heavy traffic congestion and ensure a better traffic flow in that area.
From speaking to residents in the nearby areas of Glenfield, Greenfort and Shancastle, many recognise the benefit of this upgrade. However, they expressed disappointment that the contractor continued working beyond a reasonable time. The South Dublin County Council protocol for late night works stipulates that work near residential areas must finish by 11pm & 12pm respectively.
While I and residents appreciate that in certain circumstances work must be carried out beyond those times, it is perfectly reasonably that residents are informed when this is happening. This did not happen and it annoyed both residents and myself. I was not informed in my capacity as a member of South Dublin County Council so I could not even inform residents.
I tabled the issue at the February Clondalkin Area Committee meeting, that while recognising and appreciating the good work done, not informing residents was the wrong thing to do. The relevant personnel have since apologised and asked me to relay this to the residents.
I also asked that in the future both residents and Councillors are informed of relevant works in the area, which is standard procedure. This was agreed’