Lack of coun­cil ser­vices has vil­lagers’ pa­tience wear­ing thin

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Sean O’Rior­dan

Coun­cil of­fi­cials have been warned pa­tience is wear­ing thin among res­i­dents in a small vil­lage in north-west Cork, faced daily with “very poor roads, in­ad­e­quate pub­lic light­ing and dire wa­ter pres­sure”.

Coun­cil­lors Gearóid Mur­phy and Bernard Moyni­han told the Kan­turk/Mal­low mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil that roads around Kil­brin were in a dis­grace­ful con­di­tion.

A third coun­cil­lor Gerard Mur­phy de­manded a sur­vey would be car­ried out by coun­cil en­gi­neers in re­la­tion to con­cerns of peo­ple the area. Of­fi­cials agreed to the pro­posal.

How­ever, it was noted a de­vel­op­ment con­tri­bu­tion due had not yet been paid, and that was re­port­edly hav­ing an im­pact on road re­pairs.

Cllr Moyni­han of­fered to act as a bro­ker to get the is­sue re­solved as quickly as pos­si­ble. He said the peo­ple of Kil­brin had been very pa­tient to date about the poor ser­vices they were re­ceiv­ing.

“They’re a very rea­son­able com­mu­nity but we wouldn’t want to push them too far,” he warned.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials said they ap­pre­ci­ated his of­fer as an in­ter­me­di­ary but added that de­vel­op­ment con­tri­bu­tions were set by the plan­ning de­part­ment and the de­vel­oper should try and ne­go­ti­ate with those of­fi­cials.

Cllr Moyni­han said there was also an is­sue with in­ad­e­quate pub­lic light­ing in the vil­lage, with Cllr Gerard Mur­phy say­ing it was a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem in and around Dr Croke House which is a reg­u­lar venue for a num­ber of com­mu­nity events.

Of­fi­cials said a new coun­tywide light­ing pro­gramme was be­ing drawn up and light­ing around Dr Croke House was be­ing con­sid­ered as part of it.

Cllr Moyni­han, mean­while, also urged of­fi­cials to con­tact Ir­ish Wa­ter about the “poor pres­sure” which was be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by a num­ber of house­hold­ers and busi­nesses in the vil­lage.

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