Council asked not to cut road maintenance funds
AN APPEAL was made to members of Wicklow Council not to cut funding for essential winter road maintenance which sees grit spread on treacherous roads in severe winter weather.
Director of Services Seamus Walker told members that he was as disappointed by this year’s funding allocation but that the Council had to be realistic and do the best it could in the circumstances.
‘I ask you not to cut this funding. If you see fit to make cuts please speci- fy where or else it will come down to winter road maintenance and this is vital. We will have accidents and the overall cost to the council will be much greater,’ he said.
Cllr. Pat Casey agreed with Mr. Walker about the importance of the gritting during frost and said that he has serious concerns for the service.
He added that further cuts cannot be tolerated especially as at present there are very few machines sent out to grit rural roads.