PLANS are well under way for an ambitious project to put utility cables underground in the town centre in Ballyragget.
Cllr Catherine Connery said that it was ‘a dream we have had for some time’. “We are working for the past number of years and we are hoping to secure funding. We are looking at a few private sources. It is a long-term project and it will be a collaboration between the council and private sources.
“The main reason we want to do it is for aesthetic purposes to enhance the town and to improve our marks in the Tidy Towns competition,” she added.
The project, which was developed by the Ballyragget Town Development Association, involves placing cables underground from 12 poles in the town centre. A deputation from the association attended the last meeting of the council’s Ballyragget Electoral Area meeting.
The deputation said they hoped to achieve these works with a view to improving health and safety in the town centre and also enhancing the visual appearance of the town. The members were advised of a recent near serious accident in the town as a result of the existence of so many overhead cables.
The deputation advised the members of their communications to date with service providers, ESB, An Post and Airtricity and also outlined details of their endeavours to obtain local sponsorship and their commitment to raise some funds locally in respect of works proposed.
The Development Association acknowledged that this was an ambitious project, particularly given the current economic climate; however, what they were looking for from Kilkenny County Council was that the Local Authority would work in conjunction with the service providers to achieve this project. The deputation advised the members of a quotation obtained from a local contractor, O’Shea Plant Hire. The quotation obtained was for €20,000 and was dependant on what difficulties might be encountered underground during excavations.
The members were unanimous in their support for the project and also praise for work done by the Ballyragget Town Development Association to date in progressing this project to its current status. The members advised the deputation that they would make every effort to obtain the necessary finance to support this worthwhile project and thanked them for their attendance. The deputation consisted of Larry O’Reilly, Tom Hogan and John Holland.