There is no easy fix in sight for our failing infrastructure as 60% of the East Cork Municipality roads budget is set to be consumed by salaries, admin and materials in 2018.
A leaked confidential report has revealed the local authority is set to spend €2million of its €3 million roads budget next year before a shovel breaks ground.
Critics have been calling for the council to tighten its belt and invest more in its road network.
Despite a 10% increase on this year’s allocation the additional money will only cover increases in salary and material costs.
Meaning the roads budget continues to hinder the demand for improving and maintaining the network.
The review is a draft budget of the council’s spending for the Municipal district which, will form part of the overall budget for the County next year.
Figures in the draft budget also show €984,000 is to be assigned to regional roads within the borough.
As East Cork’s roads deteriorate the need for repairs and reconstruction is growing at a dramatic rate.
It’s understood the head of Roads and Transport Tom Stritch has been called to attend a private meeting with Cllrs ahead of agreeing the county’s budget Monday week 13 November to address concerns that the district is not getting its fair share of roads funding.
In a further report seen by the East Cork Journal almost €65,000 was spent in pothole compensation pay-outs by Cork County Council between 2015 and November 2016.
Cobh and East Cork Municipalities forked out nearly €23,000 to 79 people up to November 2016.
Earlier this year two deputations from Churchtown South, Cloyne and Killcounty, north of Mogeely blasted the local authority for lack of action on their road network.
In April Marie O’Connell of the Churchtown South Community Council told the East cork Municipality she could understand if the local authority were slow to respond to mounting community concerns about its crumbling infrastructure.
But the deafening silence the village had been receiving was unacceptable.
Ms O’Connell was one of a number of residents who let their thoughts be known at the April sitting of the East Cork Municipality on Monday 3 April.
“We are in dire need of resurfaced roads, signposts so we can be found and likewise tourists can find their way out and our beaches reopened” she told the meeting.
In July a group of residents living on some of East Cork’s worst potholed roads also hit out at Cork County Council for the continued neglect of their area.
Siobhain Ahern told the senior executive they were fed up of the patchwork that has become their road after constant pothole repairs.
Over €16,000 has been paid in development contributions by the residents in the past 6 years for improvements in their infrastructure, along with road and local property taxes.
Almost 13 km of road network in the Kill County, Corbally, Barradaw and the Ballyere areas, are so badly neglected, the road surface has washed away with residents driving on rock and stones.
Mrs Ahern who represents 61 households in the area said it is “horrendous” the state of the roads, with areas waiting over four and a half years for a pothole to be filled.
€95 million was collected in road tax in Cork County in 2016, yet only €44 million was re-invested in the County’s 12,500 kilometres of road network by government.



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