Calls to replace damaged road signs quicker

By Mary Dennehy

SOUTH Dublin County Council has been asked to replace damaged street signs within Tallaght estates in a quicker time frame, in order to support community identity, ownership and pride.

At last week’s Tallaght Area Committee meeting, Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) councillor Brian Leech asked the council to give a commitment that damaged road signs within Tallaght estates would be replaced in a short time frame.

Russell Sq street signs 2 

Cllr Leech told The Echo: “I understand that the council cannot have signs ready to go when one is defaced or disappears but in some cases signs have been missing for longer than a year.

“When I was out canvassing for the by-election [October 2014] in communities like Mac Uilliam and Russell Square, for example, I noticed signs were defaced, broken or missing – and these signs were still missing when canvassing for the recent General Election.

Russell Sq street signs 1

“Signs are also missing in Kilmartin and Rossfield among other areas and I believe these signs should be fixed or replace in a quicker timeframe.

“Not only are they vital for people visiting the areas but they give estates a sense of ownership and identity – and when people drive in and see the name of the street they live on, it helps foster community pride.”

He added: “I understand that there is a time delay in getting signs reinstated but six months to a year is far too long.

“Maybe the council should as well examine putting estate names on the wall?”

Replying to Cllr Leech’s, the council said: “As soon as the area engineer becomes aware of damaged signs, he arranges to repair or replace them.

“However, there is a lead time in the manufacture of new replacement signs.”


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