Tipperary County Council’s Winter Maintenance Schedule 2016/17.
Priority 1 Routes (Red) – Priority 2 Routes (Blue).
The winter maintenance period lasts from mid October to the end of April each year. Tipperary County Council are constantly striving to improve its winter maintenance service; however, neither the local authority nor Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) (formerly the NRA) has a statutory obligation to pre-salt roads. The aim, however, is to keep priority roads safe and as free as possible from wintry hazards.
Having regard to the Council’s resources in terms of finance, equipment and staffing levels and to maximise benefit to road users, winter maintenance of roads in Tipperary is prioritised on the following basis:-
Priority 1: M7 Motorway, M8 Motorway, National Roads, and Regional Roads of strategic importance, e.g. Expressway Bus routes, access to Train and Bus Depots, Hospitals, Ambulance routes, and Fire Stations.
Priority 2: Regional Roads with high volume of traffic using the road and access to major schools and industries.
Priority 3: Other regional roads, town streets and local county roads are on a priority basis.
(In extreme weather events Priority 1 routes will take precedence over Priority 2 routes in terms of allocation of available resources).
The Council has a quid pro quo agreements with Waterford, Limerick, and Kilkenny County Councils to treat routes in each other’s areas to increase efficiency of treatment routes and have three storage barns with a total capacity of approx 2,700 tonnes of salt, which is sufficient to treat a 5 day snow event. Eleven crews are rostered to pre-salt Priority 1 and Priority 2 Routes (approx. 1,010 Km) before the onset of expected icy conditions. These spreaders can have snow blades fitted in the event of snow.
It is common for a variance in road temperatures to occur across the county, which may result in only some of the routes being pre-treated on any particular night.
In the event of dangerous road conditions i.e. black ice, white frost, snow, flooding, muck or any other unscheduled and therefore hazardous condition, the responsibility remains for the road user to drive at an appropriate speed with all due care and attention and in accordance with all prevailing conditions.
Remember Tipperary County Council are not responsible for any accidents that may occur as a result of poor driving conditions.
With Irish Water intending to brief TD’s and Senators today, in Dublin’s Buswell’s Hotel, on their final details of its €1.2 billion project to pipe water from the river Shannon to Dublin; there is likely to be intense local opposition to the plans from rural farming groups and local residents.
Oireachtas members have today been invited to a presentation on the final preferred route, understood to stretch from the Parteen Basin through counties Tipperary and Offaly to Peamount in South Co. Dublin. The project to pipe water from the river Shannon to Dublin is aimed at supplying some 330 million litres to our capital city. Irish Water confirm this same supply on a daily basis would be the equivalent in size to the capacity of 125 Olympic size swimming pools, with same including not just a drinking supply, but also water for necessary industrial requirements.
Calls to repair the existing leakages to conserve water, estimated at 40% of Dublin’s current existing supplies within the city’s existing infrastructure, have being dismissed as being insufficient to meet future need, with the population of the greater Dublin area expected to rise from 1.5 million presently, to an estimated 2.1 million by 2050.
Compensation to the ESB is expected to cost the State about €1 million a year for their lost generating capacity, while compensation to land owners; required to grant a 50m wide way-leave for construction, to in future become a 20m way-leave when completed, has not been fully estimated, but will be negotiated with representative organisations, including angling bodies, tourism interests, the Irish Farmers Association and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, using the existing methodology which currently applies when compensating those inconvenienced by gas pipeline construction.
Those opposed to the project claim that construction of this project is simply the building of a piece of infrastructure which, in the future, developed as a State asset, will be sold off to yet another foreign ‘Vulture Fund’.
Michael Lowry TD
Five Tipperary towns and villages are to benefit from the ‘Town and Village Renewal Scheme’, same announced some time ago by the Fine Gael TD and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Having made strong representations to Minister Humphreys on behalf of all applications put forward from Tipperary Co. Council; Michael Lowry TD today welcomed the inclusion of the towns and villages across Tipperary, included as part of this renewal scheme.
Welcoming the funding, the Tipperary Independent TD stated, “This funding awarded to these five towns and villages in Tipperary will be used for a number of different projects, already identified by Tipperary Co. Council and in consultation with local Councillors and active Community Groups. This rural funding will greatly assist in projects such as improving footpaths, public plazas, visual landscaping and the enhancement of tourism amenities”.
As stated; a total of five towns and villages across Tipperary are to benefit, with €380,000 in total having been awarded to the following individual urban areas.
Tipperary Town will get €97,500 for the enhancement of the ‘Centre Plaza Project’ in the town.
Borrisokane will receive €97,500 to be spent on ‘Street and Pavement Enhancement’.
Carrick-on-Suir will benefit to the tune of €47,500 for ‘Landscaping and Development of a Public Plaza’.
Cahir will also receive €97,500 for the enhancement of ‘Public Toilet facilities’.
Templemore will receive €40,000 as part of its ‘Landscape Development Plan’.
This funding, drawn down, will meet up to 85% of the total cost of each of the projects identified.
In welcoming the funding Deputy Lowry stated, “This ‘Renewal Scheme’ funding will play a vital roll in the advancement of identified projects chosen for investment under this overall scheme”.
The partially constructed and then abandoned hotel site situated on the old road to Thurles, west of Urlingford village.
An area on the Tipperary / Kilkenny border on the west side of Urlingford; currently the site of a partially constructed and later abandoned hotel, is to be demolished to create a new nursing home.
The demolition work on completion, will soon make way for a new €5 million, 85 bedroomed nursing home.
Following years of campaigning, on what can only be described as a monstrous blot on the landscape, this skeleton construction is to be demolished over the coming weeks, providing employment for some 50 construction workers over a 12 to 18 month period.
Work on the new development is expected to begin before the end of November, following the granting of planning permission to Blockstar Building Ltd, C/o Ray Connolly, Fire and Risks Solutions Ltd, Crosshaven, Co. Cork.
We understand that this new promising nursing home facility will be known as the ‘Blackstone Nursing Home’ and is expected to employ local people, subject to the necessary skills being found available.
This area, situated on the old road between Thurles and Urlingford, was decimated since the opening of the Dublin-Cork motorway and the bypassing of both named towns. To add further insult to injury, this current partially constructed eyesore, then became yet one more victim to Ireland’s economic crash.
Refresh Thurles – Tidy Towns Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2016 will be held on Tuesday night next, October 11th, at 8.00pm in the ‘Commercial Room’ of Hayes Hotel, in Thurles.
This year’s National Tidy Towns Competition; generously sponsored for the past 25 years by SuperValue (part of the Musgrave Group), saw Thurles marked under Category E, and receiving 285 marks out of a possible total of 450.
Please find full ‘Adjudication Report’ (Thurles. Ref 627, in Alpha Order), HERE
Marks given by National Tidy Towns Judges in respect of Thurles Town, following their 2016 adjudication.
The local Thurles Tidy Town Committee have some new projects in the pipeline, for discussion at Tuesday’s AGM, that should contribute to the towns continuing upward trend of results in this competition. They point out that the National Winner in 2016 had just 327 marks, so winning this Competition should be seen as realistic and an achievable objective for Thurles into the future.
Thurles Tidy Town Committee would like particularly to acknowledge and thank, most sincerely, everyone over the past year, who contributed to making Thurles Town attractive; a nice place to live and indeed an exceptionally nice place to visit.
Please do remember that the Thurles Tidy Towns Annual General Meeting will take place on October 11th at 8.00pm in Hayes Hotel and please do make an effort to attend this important community meeting.
‘Thurles Community Estates’ and ‘Streetscape Competition’ winners
Meanwhile the Local ‘Thurles Community Estate’ winners for 2016 were recently announced. This year’s adjudication came courtesy of a qualified landscape architect, latter now working in the area of Community Development. Same adjudication will lead to each estate receiving professional advice on how to improve various aspects of their particular immediate area.
Thurles Estate Winners 2016
The names of the Winners and full Adjudicated Results are shown as follows:
Large Estate – Moyne Road Bellevue, Thurles, – 95%
Medium Estate – Hazelwood, Dublin Rd, Thurles, – 91%
Small Estate – Windsor Grove, Dublin Rd, Thurles – 82%
Following adjudication, each winner will now receive a prize of €200 to fittingly reinvest in their community areas.
Alas, there were no entries in the ‘Streetscape Competition’ this year; nevertheless this competition will again run in 2017, with a late May closing date. Refresh Thurles look forward to more estates and streets entering next year.