Tuesday 12 December 2017

Moore accuses Lawlor of hijacking his motion

Cllr Jim Moore.
Cllr Jim Moore.
Cllr George Lawlor.

A row broke out over works on Sinnottstown Lane in the council chamber last week.

Cllr Jim Moore had laid down a notice of motion calling on the council 'as a matter of urgency, to seek specific funding from the Department of Transport for the renewal and upgrade to the road network and improved accessibility in the Sinnottstown Lane/Drinagh area. This is essential for current and future economic and residential development of the entire area.'

He said the matter had been discussed previously but there had been no plan brought forward. He said it would be a costly undertaking pointing out that there is a lot of business in the area but the infrastructure is sub standard.

'The works needed are far beyond our funding levels. The Drinagh end is very congested and it has created a problem. We won't be able to solve it within our resources. We need to be a little more strategic. It has a huge impact on employment in the town.'

Mayor Ger Carthy said there was also a safety issues pointing out that the junction at McDonald's is one of the busiest in the town.

Seconding the motion Cllr George Lawlor said the area is an essential component to the industrial development of the town. He wondered if there had been an incorrect calculation done in the road strengthening programme which could be used to do some work on Sinnottstown Lane.

Engineer Craig Innes said there had been an incorrect road length measurement and said the money would now be spent on the 400 metre stretch between Coolballow and Sinnottstown Lanes.

However Cllr Moore accused Cllr Lawlor of 'hijacking' his motion saying the purpose of his motion had been to look for substantial funding from outside the council resources.

Cllr Lawlor pointed out he had supported the motion but Cllr Moore said the funding the council had at its disposal was 'insignificant for the demands out there'.

'Resurfacing works need to be done', said Cllr Lawlor.

Wexford People

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