Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin South West, Charlie O’Connor has sought assurances from South Dublin County Council’s Chief Executive that funding for essential maintenance services will be retained in the Local Authority’s Budget for 2019.
The 2019 Budget of South Dublin County Council is due to be debated on Thursday, November 15th.
Speaking in advance, he said, “There is no doubt that the need for housing and the broader crisis in homelessness in the county should be of the utmost priority for the Council and must be addressed in next year’s budget.
“However, as a local Councillor I am acutely aware of the very many complex issues affecting residents living in the area. There are ongoing concerns regarding the maintenance of trees, roads and footpaths in the area as well as regular grass cutting across Dublin South West.
“These local services aren’t just necessary for the good upkeep of the area but also to ensure road safety for drivers and pedestrians. Unrepaired potholes, cracks in the road and crumbling footpaths cause difficulties for people in the locality and can even cause accident or injury.
“Residents are forking out Local Property Tax and should be assured that it will be pumped back into areas to pay for upgrades and maintenance works, whether that is fixing footpaths or cutting trees.
“I have sought assurances regarding the level of funding required for these maintenance works to be carried out throughout the forthcoming year and have urged the council’s Chief Executive to provide additional resources in these areas,” he concluded.