Councillors have given their thumbs up to recent confirmation that up to €2m is to be spent on the refurbishment of Granard’s Trumra Road.
Reacting to the reports at last week’s monthly meeting of the local authority, elected representatives broadly welcomed its rubber-stamping.
Cllr Maura Kilbride Harkin was first to comment, describing how the initiative would help strengthen the market town’s continued development.
“It’s great news,” she beamed, revealing she had long campaigned for the project during her time at county council level.
“I had a notice of motion in about this at a county council meeting so I am delighted that funding has been made available.”
As revealed by the Leader three weeks ago, council staff are now busy drawing up contract documentation.
This, Town Clerk Ann Glancy said was being done with a view towards the commencement of works later this year.
“The preparation of tender documents will take around six weeks,” she said, revealing contract staff could be on site by as early as October.
Those comments appeared to sit well with both Cllrs Tommy Stokes and John Maguire as the pair spoke of how important the scheme was to the wider locality.
“It is a long time coming so hopefully it will be appreciated,” said an upbeat Cllr Maguire. “And I’m sure it will be a lovely, lovely job when it is all done.”
One of those to take a more guarded and somewhat more sceptical view was Cllr Fintan Flood.
“It’s sad to see the way it (Trumra Road) has been neglected,” said the veteran Fianna Fail representative.
Referring to a similarly large amount dedicated towards refurbishing sections of another of the town’s estate’s, Colmcille Terrace, he said there were downsides associated with regenerational investment.
“It’s not so long ago when over €1m was being spent on Colmcille Terrace. It’s a pity tenants don’t look after houses when they get them,” he said.
As councillors took time to consider the remarks made by Cllr Flood, some chose a more tactile approach.
Cllr Stokes said it was important law abiding tenants were not penalised, a view which was similarly endorsed by Fine Gael’s John Maguire.
“Most of the residents down there (Trumra Rd) moved in when it wasn’t in tip top shape,” he explained.
Town Mayor, Cllr PJ Reilly said one of the many factors which has helped local authority bosses secure funding was the addition of a dedicated estate manager. Cllr Reilly said the decision had helped facilitate improved communication channels between both residents and local authority housing staff.