Lo­cals de­mand ac­tion over ‘treach­er­ous’ roads

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

It’s a fa­mil­iar sight through­out the county — pot­holed sur­faces. A dep­u­ta­tion rep­re­sent­ing res­i­dents and busi­nesses in a pop­u­lar hol­i­day re­gion in east Cork pleaded for ur­gent re­pairs to their “treach­er­ous” lo­cal roads.

The East Cork Mu­nic­i­pal District meet­ing saw Caitri­ona Reilly and Con Riordan from Ring, Bal­ly­ma­coda, be­come the lat­est to de­mand ac­tion.

Ms Reilly, who op­er­ates Sonas car­a­van park, said the area on the Kno­cakadoon penin­sula hosts 20 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties. Her own busi­ness caters for 82 fam­i­lies with some­times two cars per mo­bile home trav­el­ling to work in Cork dur­ing sum­mer. The school has 24 en­rol­ments, plus staff, all trav­el­ling by car.

And the one road serv­ing the com­mu­nity, she said, also leads to Green­land beach. The road ex­tends to­wards the busy Knock­adoon penin­sula and also con­tains a busy farm­yard with heavy ma­chin­ery and ac­cess to an oys­ter farm, ser­viced by trac­tors and trail­ers.

The road has not been resur­faced since be­fore the car­a­van park was es­tab­lished 35 years ago, said Ms Reilly, and two ve­hi­cles can­not pass safely on some sec­tions. Cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans are also in se­ri­ous jeop­ardy from po- tholes and a road “un­rav­el­ling” at the edges.

Ms Reilly said lo­cals largely blame the prob­lems on de­fec­tive drainage from un­der­ground springs and pro­longed ne­glect. With the L3816 due to be resur­faced, res­i­dents were “des­per­ately hop­ing” the work could be ex­tended to their side road sec­tion.

Ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer Paul Murray said he would visit the area with a view to con­duct­ing emer­gency re­pairs and ex­tend­ing the L3816 pro­gramme if pos­si­ble.

Cllr Su­san McCarthy said she was “ab­so­lutely hor­ri­fied” on vis­it­ing the road and blamed the dire sit­u­a­tion on a decade of fund­ing cuts.

An ex­am­ple of the pot­holed road at Bal­ly­ma­coda, used by lo­cals and tourists.

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