Motorists face an epidemic of potholes if the government does not increase funding, the Cobh /Glanmire Municipal district has warned.
The borough are this week writing to an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Tourism and Transport Shane Ross for emergency funds.
Cllrs at the district’s April sitting compared some of the area’s roads to a “bomb site” with parts so bad school buses refuse to travel.
They say the condition of roads inherited from the former Midleton Town Council is also severely impacting on their budgets, because they can’t afford to repair them.
Labour Cllr Cathal Rasmussen said the county’s roads repair plan is chasing a moving target, as roads that should be fixed now continue to deteriorate, small jobs become major projects.
He said the government need to take responsibility for the pothole epidemic on our local roads.
“Barrymore Avenue, Ahern place, Roches Row they are all listed to be done. It’s going to get to a stage where people are going to start claiming more and more because they can’t get into their estates”, commented Cllr Rasmussen.
According to the Government’s own strategic framework for investment in Land Transport report 2015, €580 million is required to keep the road network in its present condition.
In 2015 the government’s paper ‘building on recovery’ pledged an investment of €622 million in our roads in 2017, increasing to €1082million by 2022, last year however €324million was allocated to our local roads.
Fine Gael Cllr Anthony Barry said a fairer funding deal from government was needed for the county’s roads, stating each local authority should have its roads budget index linked to its length of road.
He said while funding has been reinstated to some level, the district was playing catch-up on roads that have lost out on almost 20 years of funding.
The Carrigtwohill based Cllr said the district had become heir to a “mess” from the old East cork roads area.
“If you go from Cobh right up to Carrigtwohill into Knockraha and Watergrasshill, the roads are in an appalling condition and they are not half as bad in the other part of the Municipal district.”
Cllrs Sinead Sheppard and Cathal Rasmussen said they had raised the issue with the authority’s director of roads who “quite blankly said there was no emergency funding for the Municipal District.”
Last month the East Cork Municipal District met with local TDS to request similar funding for the condition of their road network.