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No Maintenance Planned For Thurles Projects.

Regular maintenance is essential in every village, town or city. Same enables us to keep our work environment clean, safe and reliable. Inadequate maintenance leads eventually to dangerous situations, near accidents and even serious health problems.

Here in Thurles local political factions are ‘quick off the mark’ to announce something new, whether involved or not, mostly not, each failing to realise that we the taxpayers are paying the bill for what they are announcing. If we raise issues, we are being negative, non-progressive and failing to be positive in our attitudes, as same TD’s and Councillors crowd around waiting to have their photo taken.

As our elected representatives announce “that new something”, they fail to put into place even a smidgen of required maintenance in their thought process. Now, having watched the slide-show above, let us take a look at the undeniable evidence of which I speak about here in Thurles.

Tipperary planning authority granted developers on the new Lidl site, (latter accessed from Slievenamon Road in Thurles), permission to remove 150 meters of mature deciduous Blackthorn (Prunus spinosahe) during the nesting season, same against EU law. They sowed 8 small saplings to replace same. Today 4 of these tree saplings are dead. No maintenance.

All over the town, buildings both public and private display poor quality graffiti, (no evidence of the pseudonymous England-based street artist Banksy so far), now a common site. After weeks of watching the offensive graffiti Vaccines Kills, we contacted Thurles Town administrator, Ms Sharon Scully last. Ms Scully immediately replied, “Mr Willoughby, Thank you for your email. I have asked the Town Foreman to remove the graffiti at his earliest convenience”. It was still there today. No maintenance.

Exercise areas beautifully provided in our town park, which was officially opened by Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin (27th March 2016 only 5 years ago), are now badly vandalised, smashed up over 2 years now.
‘Hedge Bindweed’ (Calystegia sepium) climbs the metal fences.
Here again spray-can graffiti is everywhere.
Bye-laws governing consumption of alcohol are openly flouted.
Some 22 metres, exactly from a public toilet and in an area where children play and adults walk, we have undeniable evidence of human excrement.
Emulsion paint spread over newly dried cement now lies on the ground at the new foot bridge, since last winter. No attempt to sweep it up.
Electric lighting is working day and night on the footbridge and Thomond Road. No maintenance.

Clothing Pods and Glass Pods in Parnell Car-Park and elsewhere is left unattended and regularly overflowing. No maintenance.

River Suir is turned into a cesspit.
A stone embankment beside Barry’s Bridge, built by the late Mr Wilbert Houben and myself, was destroyed over the past 14 days when several ton of sand and other building materials were dropped onto its surface by those employed to repair the underbelly section of the bridge.
A Grundfos stainless steel pump, generously donated by Cantwell Electrical, Gortnahoe, and which airated the river, as a performing fountain, has vanished without a mention. No maintenance.

‘The Source’ building is now the dirtiest looking building in Thurles town. Initially paid for by rate paying local businesses, same is run by Tipperary Co. Council.
Tipperary Co. Co operate this latter complex, plus a gym and swimming pool, in competition with other local restaurants, pubs, hotels and theatres. It greedily eats up massive arts grants not readily available to its competitors.
Alongside ‘The Source’ the 3 wooden tubs have now disintegrated over 3 years ago and their Box hedging contents remain an embarrassment. No maintenance.

Now let us take a look at the Liberty Square upgrade.
First let me say the actual workmanship is very professional, while the design itself is an absolute disaster.
Allow me to explain. The 3 tiny litter bins provided in this area to date overflow by noon every day. An employee armed with a handheld mechanical reach extender (grabber arm, helping hand, trash picker, picker-upper, extended gripper, long arm gripper, extended reach grabber, grabber tool, call it what you like), wanders about grabbing objects that should have found a home in a litter bin.
Some shopkeepers now work on the assumption that they are no longer responsible for the plastic cups, cans, cardboard cups and other disposable item discarded by their customers, same involved in outdoor eating outside their premises, sitting on free furniture paid for by the taxpayer. Should we insist that no further disposable items be used on Liberty Square one wonders?
Signage is erected too close to narrow lanes of traffic. Same are already bent after just a 3 day exposure. Engineers have learned nothing from previous pedestrian crossing traffic light problems and associated money wasting.
Tyre tracks are already evident on pedestrian areas, as motorists attempt to find parking @ €1.60 per hour.
Will this new granite brickwork be regularly cleaned? Presently there are no plans. No maintenance.

Perhaps our five local elected councillors and two Tipperary elected local TD’s would like to join me for a stroll, before dark some evening. I promise to give each and all of you massive publicity, as I record your lame excuses.


More Taxpayers Money Wasted On Liberty Square.

Taxpayers money continues to be wasted on Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, with brand new signage positioned too close to the kerb; already demonstrating to so called engineers the serious error of their designs.

Street lanes have been designed too narrow and as we already forecast, high sided vehicles will continue to end up with long scratches on their bodywork. The days of slow moving donkey and cart transport finished a long time ago here in rural Ireland.

Meanwhile, up in the Parnell Car-park clothespod.ie are continuing to support Tipperary County Council. [Due to Covid 19 restrictions and staff shortages, they would like to apologize for any delay in their container Pods being serviced.]
Once again, this week the clothes pods were packed to overflowing yesterday; resulting in the mess in the picture shown above.

In one case clothing has been pulled out, obviously someone was looking for brand items labelled; Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, or even an accidentally discarded Versace and not necessarily in their size.

Once again proof, as if proof was needed, Thurles citizens are getting no benefit from their compulsory property tax.

Where is Thurles town’s expensive CCTV setup?

The waste of taxpayers’ money continues.


Old Metal ESB Lamp Standards Gone From Liberty Square, Thurles.

They are gone at last, the old metal lamp standards/poles that, over many years, lit up Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Until today, these lighting standards were the only freestanding, yet silent witnesses, that watched in recent times as traders fled from Liberty Square, each avoiding being slowly strangled to death, by parking charges introduced by Tipperary Co. Council.

The new, slim lighting standards, however, will pose a problem for Tipperary politicians and local councillors, since they do not offer similar opportunities for the erection of photoshopped election posters.

Then of course, ESB Networks have, since 2017, been reminding election campaigners that the erecting of posters on electricity poles is “strictly prohibited” and could result in serious injury to both ESB staff or members of the public.

Posters erected on electricity poles in the run up to previous elections and referendums have led to electric shocks, falls, and poles falling and catching fire, according to the electricity network. Posters on these poles also distract motorists, while restricting visibility to traffic.

To this end, the ESB reminds members of the public, contractors and would be elected representatives that erecting posters on electricity poles is strictly prohibited, and same will in future be removed by ESB staff when & where possible.


Tipperary Co. Council Engineers Continue To Waste Tax Payers Money.

Work on the new R-660 Abbey Road Roundabout, first hailed in press releases by Councillors on February 1st, 2019, (Just before the local elections) eventually got underway in August 2021; some 2.5 years later; all paid for, having been extracted from the deep pockets of the Irish taxpayer, supposedly costing €75,000.

Last August here on Thurles.Info, we spoke about how unhappy agricultural contractors; members of the farming community travelling to Thurles Mart and indeed the general public were, with the overall upgrade. They claimed the roundabout centre area itself was too large, thus restricting the towing of trailers and other large machinery.

Ordinary motorists were condemning the use of motorway signage used in the roundabout’s construction, claiming that the eight massive signs then introduced, blocked driving visibility; particularly when facing west into late evening blinding sun light. This they claimed, endangered pedestrians using the newly constructed pedestrian crossing.

The work was for the most part completed some 6 days ago and as we forecast, already one set of the large motorway signs has been struck by what appears to be some high sided vehicle, forced to mount the kerbing in order to traverse the narrow road surface circuit.

It seems engineers did not take into consideration that the basic diameter of a 16 wheeler truck measures at least 3.8m wide x 9.8m in length; difficult enough to manoeuvrer, especially if you are towing a trailer, on a narrow road surface.

But, sure look at it this way, thankfully no one was killed or injured and if asked maybe the taxpayer won’t mind paying a second or even a third time. Then again, it’s rare that the taxpayer is ever asked about anything in Tipperary.

Of course we could rip it all up again and do it properly, like we did with the junction of Clongower Road and Slievenamon Road; taxpayers won’t mind.

Remember, our report on September 24th last, regarding a street light cover dangling dangerously overhead, close to the Town House Deli, on Slievenamon Road, Thurles. Six days later it is still dangling dangerously overhead, but hopefully the promised gusty southerly winds may dislodge it.

Watch your heads.


Donegal Ambulance Sent On Emergency To Tipperary.

An interesting article, written by Mr Chris McNulty, and published by the Donegal Daily yesterday, (dated September 28th 2021).

The article claimed that an ambulance was “tasked” from Co. Donegal, to answer a call in Co. Tipperary recently; latter distance at least some 326km (203 mls) via the N17 with a normal driving time of some four hours.

The matter was raised by county counsellor Mr Jerry Crawford at the Regional Health Forum West yesterday, prompting serious questions about the dispatching of ambulances.

The Porthall, East Co. Donegal based counsellor has now asked for an urgent meeting between Ambulance Management and Forum Members, to address his concerns on this issue.

“I have reason to believe, and I will leave it as ‘reason to believe’, that on a recent occasion, a Donegal ambulance was tasked to Tipperary” counsellor Crawford was quoted as stating.