Lack of council services has villagers’ patience wearing thin
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.