Residents say services need to be improved before houses are built.
A deputation of residents from a local housing estate in Tipperary town have pleaded with the Council to improve services if a planned major housing development is to be built.
Local residents Andrea Ryan and Marian Clarke spoke on behalf of the residents of the areas of Aherlow Heights, Aherlow Crescent, Aherlow Court and Knockanrawley in Tipperary town in iew of plans to build some 28 new houses.
A recent meeting of residents has galvanised concerns in relation to the plans if certain criteria are not met.
Tipperary/Cashel Municipal District councillors heard the residents’ concerns, which centre on three main areas: infrastructure, density, and boundary walls.
Cathaoirleach Michael Fitzgerald said there was no objection to the houses being built but they “have concerns for privacy” and road re-alignment. “Your concerns were very fairly based,” he said.
Ms Ryan said Knockanrawley was built in 1991, Aherlow Heights in ‘93, Aherlow Crescent in ‘99, and a nearby Gaelscoil in 2005, encompassing some 70 houses overall.
Some 550 cars pass in around the area every day, and access is confined to a single road entry.
Ms Ryan asked the Council to explore way to expand the road system, to create a ‘loop road’ for commuters. Local residents had voiced these concerns “18 years ago” and the fact there is only one road in and out makes this a “major health and safety risk,” according to Ms Ryan.
The current infrastructure would not cope with the opening of the Circle of Friends unit, she added.
In relation to density, the original plans were for only 17 units: the new development will see 29 units built. “We believe 29 to be too many,” said Ms Ryan.
The residents invited councillors and planning officials to view the Gaelscoil in the morning and see the "serious risks to residents” crossing the road, and that is “before” the new development is completed, stressed Ms Ryan.
“Eighteen years ago, we asked the council to act on our concerns.” A boundary wall is a matter of safety for local children and while they do agree there needs to be social housing, concern needs to be given to the current residents of Aherlow Court, added Ms Ryan.
Ms Clarke said they welcomed the development but services in the area are poor: they cannot get post, there’s no rubbish collection, and emergency services had difficulties accessing the area.
“Can this area handle more houses?” asked Ms Clarke. “I know there’s a housing crisis but are we able to provide proper services?” There are about 100 houses overall in the area, with one or two cars per house.
“We believe the roads are inadequate. The RSA use it to have driving lessons. The sewerage is adequate.”
Cllr Fitzgerald said they made a “concise case” and “your views will be taken on board.”