Se­na­tor crit­i­cises cost of re­vamp

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

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.

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