Drain puts ‘children’s lives at risk’

Cllr. John Keogh told Tuesday’s Athlone Municipal District meeting that children’s lives are in danger at the Monksfield Park estate in Monksland. He called on Roscommon County Council to carry out enforcement on any planning permission granted.

“The homes in the Monksfield Park estate have been occupied by mostly the same residents since they were built around fifteen years ago but work at the estate is still not finished.

“The developer is still on site and doing work periodically on a slow basis much to the frustration of those living there. The road surface is unfinished and there is a drain in the estate, which is a major safety hazard. I have also paid €1,400 to have bulbs changed in the estate in the past.

“The local authority needs to carry out enforcement for any planning permission that was granted. The drain won’t come under planning permission but it needs to be addressed. A child could lose their life by slipping into it. This is a serious issue,” he said.

Cllr. John Naughten said that issues relating to maintenance of the estate had been raised with a number of councillors.

Cllr. Naughten called on Roscommon County Council to step in in order to solve the street lighting issues in the estate. He also urged the local authority to work with the developer to ensure the drain is made safe.

“It was probably a mistake by the council to leave it (when planning permission was granted). While there is fencing around the drain, it should have been piped and filled in,” he added.

Cathaoirleach of Athlone Municipal District, Cllr. Donal Kilduff, joined members in a call for immediate action at the estate.