Monday 22 January 2018

Cobblelock an ongoing problem in Market Sq.

COBBLELOCK at Market Square is continuing to cause problems two years after maintenance works were carried out.

Cllr. Conal Kavanagh brought up the problem at Wednesday's Wicklow Town Council meeting, pointing out that bricks on the surface of the square were rising up.

'This problem keeps happening again and again.'

Town Engineer, Kevin Scanlon, said Market Square was a priority that had been included on the council's road programme for 2014.

'It's difficult when its by a road, especially by a junction, especially with buses and heavy goods vehicles using the road. It has been two years since maintenance work was carried out and further maintenance works will be required, unless you take out the cobblelock and put in tarmac.'

Cllr. Kavanagh felt the council should consider a more 'permanent' solution rather than general maintenance works every few years.

'It appears to be burning up the resources of a very meagre budget that could be spent elsewhere. Maybe we should look at a more permanent solution, one that would last for 10 to 15 years. It might cost a bit more but it would save money on the long term.'

Mr. Scanlon replied that the maintenance works would only cost a couple of thousand eruo and should only take a few days to complete.

Cllr. Sean Smullen was still astounded that no one was taking responsibility for Market Square and its constant problems.

'In 2009 I asked who was to blame for the bricks lifting up in Market Square. In the heal of the hunt it was revealed that the same consultant who did the square was also responsible for the second lot of houses up in Hillview. Basically no one is to blame no matter what happens.'

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