Coun­cil asked not to cut road main­te­nance funds

Bray People - - News -

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.

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