The ongoing saga of potholes on roads around Ballina was raised once again at the Ballina Electoral Area meeting this week when Fine Gael councillor , Jarlath Munnelly said, “I may sound like a broken record in respect of this but the problem of the potholes has to be fixed. If we don’t get it sorted in the next short while, it will be 10 times worse by the time we can do it again if we get a winter like last year”.
Cllr Eddie Staunton said he had been out with the council engineer to look at some of the pothole problems, but the real issue is that there isn’t the staff to do the work, since the introduction of the recruitment ban.
Cllr Seamus Weir suggested a possible solution was to get local communities involved to get the issue resolved. He suggested, “If the tar is at the depot and the other materials, could we not look at getting the other community groups to get involved and do some of it?”
Cllr Gerry Ginty told the meeting, “We’re talking about the pothole issue, but the real problem is the embargo on employees, because even if there were loads of money there to do it, the staff aren’t there to do the work.”