‘Rocky’ calls for outside contractors for Newport works

Councillor John “Rocky” McGrath has called on the Council to bring in contractors to complete the much needed and long awaited footpath repairs in the Newport Town Area

Cllr McGrath has stated that residents have been waiting over a year for the long promised works and the Council should immediately bring in contractors to bring this promise to fruition.

Councillor McGrath stated: “At a recent area meeting I again flagged the need for action to commence immediately on the new footpaths for Clonbealy, Stonehall, Cork Road and Ard Mhuire in Newport town.”

“As a result of the extreme and adverse weather conditions in recent weeks all of the Council outdoor staff are under pressure and are struggling to cope with the damage caused. They simply do not have the time to turn their attention to these scheduled works. At present we are approximately six weeks behind time and realistically there will be no possible way for the Council to take on footpath works in Newport in the foreseeable future.”

“This work was supposed to be done last year and no further delay can be tolerated. There are a large number of retired people and young families living in the affected areas and the conditions of the footpaths at present at simply atrocious. The current paths are dangerous and unsafe and pose a threat to all users. It is imperative that the Council take on contractors to ensure this work is done as soon as possible.”

Cllr McGrath also provided positive news on roads works to be completed in the Newport area.

“At our roads meeting it was agreed to prioritise the Bog Road between Shower Corner and the Limerick bounds at Daly’s cross. I have been raising concerns with regards to the dangerous condition of this road for some time. This road is in an appalling condition and is treacherous for all road users. In the interests of health and safety it has now been agreed that almost €100,000 will be made available to have the road planed out and levelled up. These works are to commence in the near future.


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