Someone once wrote that Christmas waves a magic wand over this world. This year the good citizens of Newmarket-on-Fergus will be delighted to hear that Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has a magical message for them.
After many years of putting up with roadworks, potholes and uneven surfaces on the Main Street, Deputy Carey is bearing good tidings with confirmation that the long-awaited water mains replacement programme is getting underway this week.
What this means is that Clare County Council will finally be in a position to carry out the long-awaited resurfacing work on Main Street and Ballycar Road which had been suspended until the new water pipes were laid.
In addition, the replacement of lead piping will also be addressed as part of the contract.
According to Joe Carey, “These roads are in a terrible state of repair, not only because they are badly potholed but also because they are a danger to cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.
“The local authority decided it would not carry out re-surfacing work until after the water mains were replaced and this has resulted in an inordinate delay.”
Reflecting the frustrations of local people, Deputy Carey said, “For the past three years, there have been many false dawns with dates for the proposed works passing and no work completed. Over that time, I have made repeated representations to Irish Water and worked with the local community to progress the matter.
“I met with senior Irish Water officials last May and explained that the scheme needed to be progressed as a matter of urgency.
“Last Friday, I held a meeting with Obair Newmarket-on-Fergus, the local Tidy Towns Committee and the Village Residents Association which was attended by Irish Water officials and representatives of ShareRidge, their Mayo-based contractors.
“Irish Water has confirmed that the work will commence this week and be completed by the end of January early February.
“The contractor will use technology that requires few trenches or no continuous trenches so as to minimise disruption and facilitate road repair work.”
Deputy Carey added, “After a long campaign, this is fantastic news for Newmarket-on-Fergus. Residents and business owners are being notified of the works through leaflets.
“Construction activity will be suspended from December 22nd to January 2nd for the holiday season and the project is expected to take around seven weeks altogether to complete,” Deputy Carey concluded.