Senator criticises cost of revamp
A senator has criticised the cost of ‘prettying up’ two roundabouts on the outskirts of Cork, claiming the money spent on the projects would be better used fixing potholeridden roads.
Senator Tim Lombard said he is astonished at the amount of money being spent by Cork County Council on landscaping roundabouts outside Cork Airport and at Halfway, on the main Cork to Bandon Road.
The County Council is planning to spend €192,000, including the design fees, to spruce up the airport roundabout. It views this as a significant project because it’s one of the first glimpses of Cork tourists have after getting off their flights.
An additional €40,000 is to be spent on upgrading the landscaping on the approaches on the N27 (airport city road) and R600 (airport Kinsale road). Senator Lombard got the updates from council officials, who said they are currently investigating whether a dedicated left turn lane into the airport is warranted on the approach from Kinsale. The estimated cost of the Halfway roundabout work is €142,000.
“In my opinion this is an atrocious waste of money. They are only landscaping works. These projects are costing a combined €374,000. That would go a long way to filling in the many potholes we have on our roads, or it could be used for vital council housing maintenance. I get complaints every day from my constituents about potholes,” Mr Lombard said.