Residents of two Carrick-on-Suir housing estates are afraid to walk outside their homes at night because of the lack of public lighting in their neighbourhood, Carrick Town Council’s latest meeting was told.
The public lighting difficulties in the Mount St Nicholas and Manor Court estates were highlighted by Sinn Fein Cllr David Dunne.
He appealed to the Council to resolve the public lighting problem in these two private estates by “taking them in charge”, which involves the Council taking responsibility for their services like lighting, water, sewerage and roads maintenance.
He said the lack of public lighting was unacceptable now that residents had to pay the Local Property Tax, which was meant to be spent on local services. “This problem has been brought to my attention on a number of occasions. People feel very unsafe walking at night.”
Mayor of Carrick Cllr Kieran Bourke, Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald and Cllr Margaret Croke raised the representations they have made to the Council over the past few years about the lack of public lighting in these and some other residential areas in the town.
Cllr Fitzgerald said the forbearance shown by the residents in those areas was “unbelieveable” and he appealed to the Council to resolve their public lighting problems before the local authority’s abolition in May.
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien said the Council has prioritised these estates for taking in charge and would do everything possible to progress this but unfortunately the setting up of Irish Water has created complications. He said the Council intended to carry out a survey of public lights in those estates.