Rosehill residents still ‘say no’ but it’s been a long fight

A SIGN at the entrance of the Rosehill estate off the Kells Road in the city still reads “Rosehill residents say no,” but among some residents there is a feeling that their battle has been lost.

A SIGN at the entrance of the Rosehill estate off the Kells Road in the city still reads “Rosehill residents say no,” but among some residents there is a feeling that their battle has been lost.

The continuing saga has seen protests by the residents, a liquidator appointed to the developer, the addition of Part V social housing units when residents say they were told the units would be located elsewhere, and now continuing construction that brings lorries through the estate’s main street on a daily basis.

As ‘Phase 3’ of the development, including 20 houses and 24 apartments, has been granted a five-year extension of planning permission by Kilkenny County Council, one resident said last week that he couldn’t see much sense in building the additional units when there are already unoccupied houses not just in the Rosehill estate but in Kilkenny as a whole.

“Personally I just go with the flow. I don’t think there will be a benefit to protesting. It seems to be set in stone that they are going to go ahead,” he said. “The houses are basically built. They are not going to take them down.”

Nonetheless, he still has to contend with the site and sound of cement trucks and even articulated lorries driving through the estate, plus the street sweeper that although it is a “gesture” from the builders, creates additional noise.

“A site that was finished – although not to everyone’s liking – is now a building site,” he said.

Another resident said things had got so bad that she is thinking of leaving.

“We are really unhappy here. It looks like we are probably going to move out and rent it out. That is how strongly I feel about it,” she said.

“It’s going on so long,” and after what has felt like a long battle, she said, “it’s like we are at the end of it.”

“I have two little kids and I don’t let them out to play anymore because it’s too dangerous,” the resident said. “It’s a nightmare.”