Outrage as Potholes ‘mushrooming’ out of control

People in rural areas are becoming increasingly angry over the worsening condition of roads in their localities.

And its councillors who are now bearing the brunt of the annoyance as their constituents get fed up with little being done.

The condition of local and minor roads in rural areas is becoming worse.

It’s due in large part to the virtually non-stop rain for the past few months.

But in County Sligo, it’s a problem made worse by the council’s financial position and lack of staff.

This year, the council will have more than €30m to spend on its roads.

But although that is about €10m more than last year, there will be less for local and minor roads in rural areas.

There are hopes that more money may be got if local Independent councillors are successful in getting a meeting with Transport Minister Shane Ross.

But a meeting of the Ballymote-Tubbercurry Municipal District of Sligo Council yesterday heard of the amount of phone calls councillors are now receiving from angry constituents.

On Friday last, about 40 people turned out in Gleann Hall in east Sligo to highlight their concerns about local roads in their area.

Among the councillors who attended was Martin Baker:

Meanwhile, Cllr Marie Casserly told Monday’s Sligo Municipal District meeting that the problem is now at epidemic levels.

She said ‘People are sick to the teeth’ of the increasing amount of potholes in the Sligo region.

And she says Council staff will need to get out to restore the counties roads as soon as possible: