Wednesday 17 September 2014

'It's like dodgems trying to get around potholes'

Donal Nolan

Published 05/02/2014 | 05:36

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Cllr Mike Kennelly with the residents of Dirha Cottages, Listowel who are angry at the many potholes on their estate. Pictured are Mike Kennelly, George Carty, Ann Halpin, Patsy Barry, Paddy Lynch, Betty Heaphy and Teresa Kennelly.

ANXIOUS residents of a Listowel estate fear they soon won't be able to drive out of their own homes because their access road is deteriorating at such an alarming rate.

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Hubcaps are already flying off cars using the road into the Dirha Cottages and it won't be long before it will be completely unusable, residents' fear.

"As it is, it is like the dodgems trying to get around the potholes," local man George Carthy told The Kerryman.

"We feel completely neglected in every way as we've been calling on Kerry County Council to address this matter for years but nothing has ever come of it. We're getting weary trying to get something done about it and if it gets any worse we won't be able to drive out of the place," Mr Carthy said.

Bad as the road conditions are, the situation is rapidly deteriorating because of the incessant rain.

Listowel Town Councillor Mike Kennelly described the situation as a 'nightmare' for the residents of the 12 households in Dirha Cottages.

"It's simply not good enough, residents have described it to me as 'disgusting' what they're expected to live with on the road. I will be urging the town council to contact the Kerry County Council roads authority immediately to get the road resurfaced," he said. The road was widened over five years ago but resurfacing work that was due to take place simply never materialised, according to residents.

"Potholes have been filled in over the years a few times, but no major improvement works have ever been carried out on the Dirha Cottages road since the estate was built in the 1950s, which simply is not good enough," Cllr Kennelly added.

Mr Carthy said that residents feel are angry and frustrated at having to campaign for basic facilities.

"We've had to fight for everything - the footpath on the main road so our children could walk to school, street lighting for our security, the sewer connection which we're still fighting for, and the state of the road. We feel we have to fight for simple rights that most other people enjoy and we're getting weary of it all," he said.


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