Call to fix ‘worst road in county’
A woman is fearing a repeat of her heart attack experience as she is anxious an ambulance would not be able to reach her due to the road outside her house being in “a disgraceful condition”.
A neighbour on the same road had been told by his home heating oil supplier there will be no further deliveries due to the risk of vehicular damage to an oil tanker.
Both cases were relayed to a meeting of the West Cork Municipal District Council by Cllr Danny Collins who described it as “the worst road” he ever saw in County Cork.
Cllr Collins, chairman of the municipal body, told fellow councillors and officials he had personally inspected the Beara peninsula road during the summer months and couldn’t believe how bad it was.
He “shuddered to think what it would look like after the winter” if it was impacted by rain, snow and ice, and demanded immediate steps be taken to repair it. The independent councillor told engineers they had to tackle the road at Knockroe (middle and east) at Cahermore “as a matter of urgency”.
“I was back there in July and August and it was absolutely appalling,” the Bantrybased councillor said. “It has to be the worst section of road in the county. This road is in tatters.
“A resident was told by an oil truck driver there would be no more deliveries there. One lady had a heart attack last year and is fearful, if there’s a next time, the ambulance won’t get up there.”
The road, Cllr Collins noted, was heavily used by Coillte lorries to remove timber from a nearby forest and they contributed to the surface being cut up. He had spoken to a senior representative in Coillte who acknowledged the concerns and was prepared to contribute to the cost of upgrading it.
The information, he said, had been passed on to council officials and he was still awaiting a reply.
Officials at the meeting said it was intended to include the Cahermore route in a roads’ restoration programme next year.
“That’s not good enough,” Cllr Collins said. “So it could be next September before it’s done. Coillte has offered to pay for it. This has to be done quicker.”
Council officials said that if Coillte sent them correspondence with an offer to pay for the work they would look at it and try to speed up repairs.
Cllr Collins said he was in no doubt Coillte would pay for it as “they’re anxious to get this sorted out”. He also pointed out local residents had also sent to Coillte, a petition seeking an upgrade.
Isabelle Jeffers, Deirdre Deane, Lisa Myers, and Douglas Deane, Crosshaven, at the opening of Sarah O’Connell’s exhibition, Draíocht an Cheantair, now on at Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven.