Residents’ Concerns About Dust Raised During Construction Work In Mitchels Area

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The entrance to Mitchels Avenue where works are taking place.

LOCAL residents in a Mitchels estate were angered about clouds of dust raised during construction work in the area last week.

The work being undertaken is part of the Mitchels /Boherbee Community Regeneration Project, will see €1 million invested in the upgrade of services and environmental improvement works in the Mitchel’s Avenue, Mitchel’s Court and junction with Mitchel’s Road area.

Local activist, Ger Collins said the situation, which arose last Thursday where dust was prevalent in the estate throughout the day, was potentially harmful to the residents’ health with children forced to stay indoors and pedestrians exposed to the dust.

Local residents and Sinn Féin Cllr Toireasa Ferris made contact with the Council about the matter.

The complaints in relation to dust being raised during the construction work were sent to the contractor, M Fitzgibbon Contractor Ltd., who is the Project Supervisor for the Construction Stage (PSCS).

They issued the following response; “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of our works on Mitchels Avenue. The Health and Safety of the general public and staff alike is of paramount importance to us. This issue will be investigated immediately and the necessary measures will be implemented accordingly. We will ensure our current practices are being adhered to on site and any amendments to our procedures will be employed as a matter of urgency.”

The main aspects of the project are the under grounding of all services, replacing, upgrading and providing new services which includes; district heat pipes, surface water drainage pipes, ESB, CCTV, telecommunications and broadband ducting. It also includes provision for new road and footpath surfaces including hard landscaping surfaces, provision of trees and shrubs and traffic calming measures on Mitchel’s Avenue and Mitchel’s Court.

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