MITCHELSTOWN ROADWORKS SUSPENDED … IN THE NICK OF TIME!
Businesses owners in Mitchelstown who were up in arms and ‘mad as hell’ over Cork County Council roadworks in the town last weekend had their anger assuaged considerably this week when it was announced that the works were being suspended until after Christmas.
There was total traffic gridlock in Mitchelstown on Thursday, December 9 and Friday, December 10 as council teams began a series of roadworks at either end of the busy town. One local businessman, Maurice Walsh was annoyed at the council’s timing for the roadworks.
“This is the busiest time of the year for retailers and businesses in the town and, while I have no problems with the council undertaking necessary work, I cannot for the life of me understand why they had to begin work now this week when we are all busy with Christmas just around the corner.”
Responding to the criticisms from the business community in Mitchelstown, Cork County Council senior engineer, Aidan Weir acknowledged that the works had caused delays.
“The work will be finished this evening (Monday, December 13) but we needed to carry out the repairs. Other work which was scheduled to take place within the next few weeks has been postponed and will not now take place until after Christmas,” Mr Weir told The Avondhu.
Maurice Walsh welcomed the fact that no other work will be carried out before Christmas but feels that any roadworks should not have been scheduled so close to the busy festive season.
“I would like to thank Cllr Frank O’Flynn for his prompt reply to our concerns about the roadworks but I feel it would be better if the council communicated with the businesses and the people of the town before any work begins,” Mr Walsh concluded.
Thursday 16th December 5:32pm