‘We can’t get contractors’ — Kildare council reason for landscaping projects left undone
Kildare County Council has stated that it is difficult to hire contractors for some projects across the county.
Kildare Newbridge borough engineer Brenda Cuddy said at the meeting in May that landscapers in particular are rare.
Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy had brought up the subject of landscaping at The Oaks are of Newbridge, where a recent flood attracted an unlikely visit from ducks.
Ms. Cuddy said that in recent months only essential and emergency work has been allowed due to construction bans.
She added that some contractors lack availability to do some work.
“We’re trying to get landscapers and contractors to work on roads and footpaths.
“Two landscapers I contacted have changed careers since the pandemic.”
District Manager Joe Boland said it can be frustrating for some local residents not to landscaping after work is done in their area.
He also pointed out the recent bad weather as some projects are being delayed.
Ms. Cuddy said work currently underway includes drainage works that have been completed at St. Evin’s Park in Monasterevin; Repairing footpaths in Castle Park in Kildangan and mending in Newbridge, as well as measuring and replacing broken signs and trash cans.
She said road improvement work in the Raheens area of Caragh has started.
City councils also heard that the local property tax-funded work program for 2021 was being prepared in line with the approved budgets.
In the area of road maintenance, general surface treatment is to begin in selected areas on June 14th.
At the meeting, Cllr Noel Heavey also said he was impressed with the way Irish Water, in partnership with the Council on the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme, facilitated traffic during ongoing work in Newbridge
He said, “This was an exemplary project.
“The traffic kept moving and the companies were allowed to continue unusually.”