Call to fix ‘worst road in county’

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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.

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