Tuesday 20 March 2018

Buttevant roads and paths 'a disgrace'

Torn up road at the Castlelands end of Buttevant.
Torn up road at the Castlelands end of Buttevant.


A BUTTEVANT resident believes that no person should tax or insure their car until the road and footpath in the town is repaired.

Glynn Curtin, who lives about three minutes from the village, said the entire road and footpath needs to be dug up and properly re-surfaced.

"It is an absolute disgrace. People who are taxing and insuring their car shouldn't do it until the council fixes that stretch of road and footpath," said Mr Curtin.

He said just recently he saw an elderly lady fall when she got off the bus as the height of the footpath from the road was about half a foot.

"Cork County Council are sending out men to patch up the road and it is a waste of time. I'm not blaming the workers but what's the point in all this patching when a car comes along and you are back once again to potholes and cracks," he said.

And, as for complaining to the council, Glynn said ... "I might as well ring the Pope."

It was his view that the entire road should be levelled along with the path. "What I'm now looking at is gaping holes, cracks and cars going in and out of potholes. I'm just sick of it. It's an absolute disgrace," he said.

Mr Curtin said that a few years back, CCC put in place a sewerage scheme and since then workers have returned to "just patch up the big holes."

"Why waste all that money in patching and refilling, when it's resurfacing that should be done. Patching is just a waste of time. Money is FUNDING to the tune of €745,000 has been allocated to continue roadworks from Newtwopothouse to Doneraile.

There was another slice of good news this week from Cllr Tom Sheahan (FG) and Deputy Tom Barry (FG) who also announced funding of €140,000 for the commencement of streetwork at Castlelands in Buttevant.

There was also funding of €50,000 for the Buttevant Street Design.

A meeting was held between Cllr Sheahan and Minister Leo Varadkar last week.

"The Minister recognised that there is a serious issue on the main street in Buttevant and I'm delighted that he has made this start on rectifying the situation," said Cllr Sheahan.

Other major funding allocations for the area include €2 million for the N72 Bridgetown Upper/Castletownroche overlay scheme; €500,000 for the Ballyhooly to Fermoy overlay Scheme; €300,000 for the N73 Farrahy and Annakisha Bridges and €250,000 for continuing N72 realignment at Carrig. not being well spent," he said.

He said that, with holes everywhere "elderly people are afraid as they could fall down - the whole thing is just shocking."

However, there may be light at the end of the tunnel this week, with the news that funding has been approved roadworks and 'street design' in Buttevant. The question is, will the funds be enough?