The state of our local road network is a real cause for concern:
For both drivers and pedestrians in Wicklow the state of our local road network is a real cause for concern.
Whether it’s to make the daily commute to work, collect their children from school or to carry home the groceries people rely on the main and secondary roads on a daily basis.
Road damage is often exacerbated by cold winter weather and this year has been no exception. Many of the busiest routes between Delgany, Greystones and Killincarrig are littered with severe potholes posing a hazard for drivers who risk damage to their vehicles and pedestrians should they need to cross the road.
While many of the worst cases – such as the start of the downhill strech from Delgany village towards Killincarrig – are on routes experiencing frequent traffic some cul de sacs and internal estate roads have also been repeatedly neglected. Rockmanor Drive in Kilcoole is one such example.
I will be seeking answers on why this neglect has been allowed to fester.
It strikes me that if an excuse is offered the question of whether it stands up or not will depend greatly on whether the twin costs of road damage to car-owners and potential public liability claims for the council are taken into account. We need a sensible and sustainable approach to road maintenance. I look forward to pushing for real progress for residents and road users.