IT’S THE WORST ROAD IN LOUTH!

Col­lon res­i­dents ap­peal­ing for re­pairs on pot­holed Everitts Lane

Mid Louth Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By HUBERT MUR­PHY

A Col­lon com­mu­nity has been aban­doned by Louth County Coun­cil - be­cause they live on a road that now re­sem­bles a bombed out war zone.

Everitts Lane (right) is sit­u­ated just off the Kells Road .

‘This is em­bar­rass­ing in this day and age,’ Meath coun­cil­lor Paddy Meade raged.

A Col­lon com­mu­nity has been aban­doned by Louth County Coun­cil - be­cause they live on a road that now re­sem­bles a bombed out war zone.

Everitts Lane is sit­u­ated just off the Kells Road and links to the Oriel Road - so be­com­ing a ‘by­pass’ of the vil­lage.

But Louth CC is main­tain­ing that it’s a Ter­tiary Road, so low down the peck­ing or­der that they refuse to fund re­pairs.

The res­i­dents would each have to pay thou­sands of euro to get it done up un­der govern­ment fund­ing streams.

One res­i­dent, Ni­amh Con­don, says the lo­cals have be­come tired of the fight af­ter spend­ing years try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with the coun­cil.

‘It’s a through road and is very busy. It’s not a cul de sac. It has come to a stage where you try and drive in the less dam­ag­ing pot­holes be­cause there’s hardly any road left in places. It has al­ways been in a bad state but with the weather this year it’s got­ten even worse,’ she es­plained.

She said noth­ing has been done on it in the last 10 years and it has drainage prob­lems.

It is about a mile long and there are real fears that de­liv­ery ser­vices, in­clud­ing bin lor­ries and emer­gency ve­hi­cles will not travel on it.

Many who have built homes there won­der where did the money they paid for ser­vices - in­clud­ing the road - go to.

Meath coun­cil­lor Paddy Meade, Cathaoir­leach of the Lay­town/Bet­tys­town area, but res­i­dent just a few miles away in Lobin­stown, has now en­tered the bat­tle.

‘I was asked to have a look at it and it truly shocked me. I went to drive down it last week and I had to stop, the bot­tom of my car was bounc­ing off the holes!.

‘This is em­bar­rass­ing in this day and age. The coun­cil must meet these peo­ple and come to some agree­ment. I have seen nine cul de sacs to farm­ers fields in Meath done with a 5% charge to those in­volved re­cently. It’s a dif­fer­ent county and dif­fer­ent rules but the peo­ple liv­ing on Everitts Lane de­serve to be treated bet­ter than this. It’s a dis­grace,’ he raged.

He says coun­cil­lors in the mid Louth area need to get onto the case and work on be­half of the res­i­dents.

Keith Barry with staff at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Abrake­bra in Scotch Hall.

Pot­holed Everitts Lane in Col­lon

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