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Gritting Needed – Church Hill, Passage West

Gritting Needed On Church Hill, Passage West Say Cllrs

Writes Leo McMahon

Church Hill, Passage West should be added to the priority list of roads for gritting during adverse weather, members of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline-Ballincollig Municipal District (MD) were agreed at their monthly meeting.

Motions from Cllrs Seamus McGrath (FF) and Michael Frick Murphy (SF) seeking this was unanimously adopted.

Cllr McGrath acknowledged the huge pressure on the council but said it was clear Church Hill should also be on the priority list bearing in mind that the gritting truck treated the nearby main R610 road through Passage West.

The hill serves many estates and two schools and during the recent cold spell, residents were stranded for at least four days when the road was treated, which wasn’t good enough, he added.

Cllr Murphy paid tribute to the engineer and council staff but argued Church Hill should be on the priority list. He also suggested a salt/grit bin be provided at Maulbaun at the top of Church Hill, if council land was available, as was done at Ardmore Estate.

In support, Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) said it was scary to see a bus sliding down Church Hill while the gradients of estate roads leading from it were also very difficult. She agreed with Cllr McGrath that it should be on the same Priority 2 list as Donnybrook and Maryborough Hills in Douglas.

In a report, MD officer Kevin O’Regan said: ‘The council’s road directorate will carry out an annual review ahead of next winter. I am advised that consideration will be given to including Church Hill as a Priority 2 route for treatment. This will be dependent on resource availability being increased for this and other identified areas.’

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