Works to Commence on Road through Clashadonna and Ballyhobart

By Seamus Whelehan


East Cork Municipality say they have fixed a series of potholes following complaints from residents over the past 2 years.
The Authority Roads Department say they will also strengthen almost 1 mile of road between Clashadonna and Ballyhobart.
The news comes following a deputation earlier this year of residents living in Clashadonna, Ballyvergan West, Barnagahy, Kyle and Ballyhobart Upper and Lower.
The residents had told the Council Executive that it was “mental torture” to drive on the roads in their area.
Peppered with potholes, taxis were refusing to take residents home at night and ambulance crews are “appalled” at the condition of the roads, with one home help refusing to attend their client.
Area Engineer, Paul Murray told the May Sitting of the East Cork Municipality that, immediately following on from the March Municipal District Meeting, the Clashadonna to Ballyhobart Road was inspected, and significant potholes filled.
He said, that beginning next month 1,500 meters of road at the eastern end of the L7894 Clashadonna towards Ballyhobart will be improved.
“Work will consist of inlet opening, drainage improvements, laying 150mm of wetmix and finishing with a double surface dressing” commented Mr Murray.
If landowners cut back any overhanging trees in advance of the works it would be a help, added the Area Engineer.
Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, who has been campaigning on behalf of the residents, said “it’s not good enough that people have to wait up to three months before their road receives attention".
She said “we had a woman stand here in tears over a road which a Home Help refused to walk on, and an ambulance couldn’t get in to take somebody out.”
“We’ve thrown money at potholes and now it’s proposed the works will be carried out in June! I would hope they will be up there in June” commented the Youghal based Cllr.
Mr Murray said the Road Grader, which is an integral part in carrying out the work in Clashadonna, has its allocation controlled centrally, with each area allocated a number of weeks on a rotational basis.
He said the grader is not due back in Youghal until 11 June, when he guaranteed the work will begin.
The Youghal based Cllr said “We are shipping it into an area and back out again? This does not seem cost effective.”