Live wires putting public in danger

The poles are protruding from the side of the road

THERE has been a call for the removal of ESB poles from a narrow residential and commercial road in Killarney because loose power wires are putting public at risk.

Cllr Donal Grady has asked Kerry County Council officials to instruct the ESB to take down the poles at St Mary’s Terrace as wires were cut by passing vehicles and it is very dangerous.

“The emergency services can’t get up there because the poles are protruding by about a foot. Cars are hitting off live wires,” Cllr Grady said.

Cllr Donal Grady: Poles must be moved

He disputed a claim from the ESB that it was not aware of any damaged wires at that location and, he said, he saw them working at the site.

“They were below there repairing them so they do know about it. They should be made put the poles underground or on top of the wall that’s bordering the road,” Cllr Grady said.

Kerry County Council officials said the removal of the poles along St Mary’s Terrace would require the under-grounding of all the ESB networks along the street.

“There are no proposals, either by ESB Networks or Kerry County Council to carry out such works,” the local authority stressed.

St Mary’s Terrace is a very narrow roadway that leads to a residential area as well as being the main route from New Street to Dunnes Stores car park. It also leads to a rear entrance to St Brigid’s Secondary School and to a busy enterprise centre housing a number of businesses.