Monday 19 August 2019

Council accused of not doing enough along Gorey bypass

WEXFORD County Council has been accused of neglecting its duties on the N11 during the cold snap and of being shown up by their neighbouring local authority in Wicklow.

Cllr Declan MacPartlin informed the county council's management on Monday that from driving the N11 in recent days he had noticed 'a sudden and clear change' on the national route when crossing from Wexford into Wicklow.

He claimed that while the road had been gritted and slated properly in Wicklow it had not received the attention it deserved in Wexford.

'It's not good enough, we should treat our section of the N11 as well as Wicklow do,' said Cllr MacPartlin.

His claims were rejected by the county council, whose senior engineer, Eddie Taaffe, informed the north Wexford councillor that his statement was ' factually incorrect'.

Mr Taaffe informed Cllr MacPartlin that the two county councils have an agreement, where the Wicklow lorries grit down as far as Junction 22 on the Gorey bypass, well into Co Wexford.

'The northern half of the Gorey bypass received the exact same gritting as the Wicklow section of the N11,' said Mr Taaffe.

'The people skidding around on it would say different,' replied Cllr MacPartlin.

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