Cllr Michael Lowry (Jnr) was elected as the last-ever Cathaoirleach of the Thurles area of North Tipperary County Council on Monday.
Cllr John Kennedy said there could be “major problems” with re-instating the surfaces of roads near Hollycross. Due to water drainage works, subcontractors have had to relay parts of roads in the area.
As a result, many roads are uneven and rough for cars to drive on. “The roads have deteriorated very badly,” said Cllr Kennedy, especially around an area known locally as Molly Gorman’s cross. “I would like there to be some engagement with the contractor.” Cllr Hanafin said there was a “whole lot of rubble on the side of a ditch.” The roads could cause “damage to cyclists”, as “three quarters of the roads are not finished.” Somebody should ensure the roads are properly finished before the work is completed, added Cllr Hanafin. “I am not satisfied with the state of the roads there.” Cllr Jim Ryan said he called the contractor regarding road works in Archerstown, Thurles.
He was told the road “should have been strong enough” to take recent traffic. “I find this amazing,” said Cllr Ryan. The residents of Archerstown would like their concerns passed on. The residents should be written to by the Council, outlining what actions are being taken. Hot weather was causing some of the road problems, added Cllr Clancy. “Residents should be treated with better consideration.” Cllr Lowry said the surface around Holycross was not adequate. “It’s deteriorated to the point where you have to stop on the road.” Engineer Ruairí Boland said the re-instated surfaces were only temporary. More permanent surfaces will be laid down in future. In the meantime, it’s the responsibility of the contractors to maintain the surfaces are roadworthy.
More area news in this week’s Tipperary Star.