Potholes near Catholic Church in Ballycotton to be filled before mid-March

By Alan Sheehan

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The potholes along the road near the Catholic Church in Ballycotton are to be filled by Sunday 12 March.

The road past the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ballycotton is currently littered with deep potholes but after complaints from residents are due to be filled by mid-March. One resident took to Cork County Council’s Facebook page to voice her frustration, while another contacted Sinn Féin Councillor for East Cork Danielle Twomey.

“One of the constituents posted it on the Cork County Council Facebook page and another constituent who I recently helped with regards road issues brought it to my attention,” said Councillor Twomey. “I contacted Dave Clarke Senior Executive Engineer at Cork County Council immediately and he told me he would make sure it would be dealt with alongside other ones before 12 March before the Ballycotton 10 Road Race on the same date.”

Councillor Twomey, who also helped expedite the filling of potholes near the entrance to Bonnóg Estate in Midleton two weeks ago, said the potholes in Ballycotton are “quite bad”.

“It’s because the stretch of road they are located on is used quite frequently,” continued Councillor Twomey. “It is the main road to the church and the church is quite busy for weddings and not just for local constituents. Ballycotton is a much sought after venue for weddings, specifically that church. People are always walking up and down that road and it is only a matter of time before people fall. You have to drive in the middle of the road to avoid them too so it is only a matter of time before there is an accident.”

The works carried out by Cork Community Council will improve the area around one of Ireland’s most popular wedding venues and are expected to be completed before this year’s Ballycotton 10, the 40th year of the popular East Cork road race.

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