Locals demand action over ‘treacherous’ roads
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.