By Dan Walsh
A Wexford councillor is calling upon Wexford’s TDs to demand adequate funding for rural roads, which he claims “are devastated and resemble the surface of the moon despite the best efforts of the roads engineer and his work crews.”
Cllr Jim Codd from the Rosslare Municipal District Council is critical of the absence of funding. “In excess of €70 million has been removed from Wexford County Council’s road budget by central government since 2008. Yet central government still benefits from our road tax and the many other tariffs put on workers, homeowners and businesses,” he told WexfordLocal.com.
“The roads in south Wexford have been allowed go to pieces. Cars are being broken up on them,” said Cllr Codd, who said that some of the worst affected roads in his electoral area includes Bannow, Rathangan, Cullenstown, Ballymitty, however, he acknowledges that the same applies to many rural roads across County Wexford.
Cllr Codd says he is inundated with roads issues, which are immediately acted upon, but argues that there is only so much road crews can do without adequate funding and he is consistently calling upon Wexford’s TDs to demand extra funding for Wexford’s rural roads.