'Critical' condition of tertiary roads in Louth

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Barry Landy

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'Critical' condition of tertiary roads in Louth

Louth County Councillor Dolores Minogue

The local authority should write to the Government to outline the “critical” condition of tertiary roads in Louth, according to Ardee-based councillor Dolores Minogue.

The Fine Gael councillor believes the council should review it’s policy in relation to tertiary roads in the county.

“I realise that the Executive are probably tired listening to councillors complaining in regard to the deterioration of our tertiary roads, and I know that the shortage of finance is probably the principal reason for our failure to even keep the minimum of repairs carried out to these roads,” she said this week.

“Whether it be the Department or the Council, or simply circumstance – the policy of neglecting tertiary roads is surely storing up trouble for the council since deterioration does not happen at an even pace, it accelerates as the roads worsen.

“In the long run, the cost will be astronomical whereas “a stitch in time saves nine.””

The Ardee-based councillor says that she will file a motion for the March meeting of Louth County Council to ask that the local authority write to the Department of Transport outlining “the critical situation” while says she will also request council funding be diverted to address the issue.

“We can point out that even excluding the motorway, more HGVs use our roads than most other counties in the country.”

Minogue also requested that the council help implement measures - such as CCTV or drones - to stop household dumping on public areas and green spaces in Ardee, especially the Railway Walk in the centre of town.

“Over the last number of years, there has been too much rubbish being dumped on the line. I hope that a drone will help combat this,” she said at Monday's monthly council meeting

Just last week, items such as vacuum cleaners, beds and other furniture were found dumped in the middle of the area. The Railway Walk is not monitored by CCTV systems.

“I would also like to thank the council on their swift action in cleaning up the mess there each time I make a representation.”

The Ardee Municipal District councillor was told that “very limited” funding was available. “We’re coming up against the rest of the Greater Leinster region for the very limited funding available," Director of Services Emer O'Gorman said.