COUNCILLOR John Joe Fennelly wants Laois County Council to reinstate the patching unit in Mountrath.
“I want it done as a matter of urgency as there are a lot of potholes in the immediate area”, he said.
He was told by senior executive engineer Michael Malone at the recent Borris in Ossory electoral area meeting that potholes would be fixed on that day or the day after.
“We hire patching units, we have no fixed number of them, we have them as we need them. I cannot justify hiring a patching unit to be used in a two kilometre raduis of the town. They cost €15,500 to hire and you would be patching for nine days of the year, you could hire a pick up in that town at a cost of €6,000.”
Cllr Fennelly said that he had five locations that needed potholes fixing and was told by Mr Malone that already in the area 11 locations had been filled. “Where potholes are we fill them. I would love to have enough money to have a patching unit confined to each town but the taxpayer can’t afford it.”
Cllr Fennelly said that he wan’t going to let Mountrath suffer.
“There has to be fair play to each of the areas”, he said. He was echoed by Cllr Brendan Phelan.
“The outdoor staff is descimated. I understand the pressure the engineer is under but we definitely have to look at it. There will only be an emergency roads programme for next year, not a roads programme,” said Cllr Phelan.