Council considers action over road to Primary Care Centre

Local authority officials told to get tough

Council considers action over road to Primary Care Centre
By Liam Cosgrove

The County Council is considering taking enforcement action against the developers behind the construction of a roadway into a primary care centre on the outskirts of Longford town.

Senior Executive Officer Ciaran Murphy revealed the Council's enforcement section had run the rule over a series of planning applications that dated back to the road's original construction.

In February, the Council took ownership of the nearby Flancare link road, which joins the Athlone Road with the N5 by-pass.

Calls to undertake a similar measure at a stretch of roadway leading into the Flancare Primary Care Centre arose at the Municipal District's March meeting.

Those efforts appeared to hit the skids when it emerged up to €35,000 would have to be spent bringing the road up to a required standard.

When the issue came before the Council for a second time last Wednesday, councillors learned enforcement action was now on the table.

Cllr Mae Sexton said the HSE should be compelled to provide some funding for the required works.

Fine Gael’s Peggy Nolan attempted to pour cold water on that suggestion however, saying attempting to draw money from the HSE was not the answer.

“I know it (road) has to be done, but if money has to be taken out of the health budget, I would prefer to see that money go on extra A&E hours,” she said.

Rather, she said the time had come for the Council to adopt a no-nonsense approach in its attempts to resolve the issue.

“They (developers) should be brought to book,” she sternly remarked.

“We should put on our boxing gloves now and bring these people into line.”

In a statement following last week's meeting, the Council said all options were being considered.

“Longford Co Council is aware that the road serving the Primary Care Centre at Ballyminion has not been completed to a proper standard,” read the statement.

“Following an examination of the relevant planning applications relating to this land the Council is now seeking to resolve this matter. This may involve the initiation of enforcement procedures, if appropriate under the Planning Acts.”