Brendan McKenna to Follow up on ‘worst road on the island’

Brendan McKenna at Everitt’s Lane

Sinn Féin Election candidate Brendan McKenna has promised to follow up on what his colleague Cllr Tom Cunningham called ‘the worst road in Louth and possibly the island.’

Mr McKenna said “Cllr Cunningham raised Everrit’s Lane, which is the road that links the Kells Road and Oriel Road in Collon, with the Ardee Municipal council meeting in February. He advised me to visit the road and see it for myself, which I have done.”

Mr McKenna agreed that “the road has obviously been neglected for many years and needs upgraded as a matter of urgency and I will certainly be following up with the Council on this issue.”

The bad weather is causing further deterioration to the road and according to Mr McKenna “when it rains, the potholes fill up quickly with rain water so you can’t see them until you hit them with your wheels.”

That is not the only problem. “Because the drainage at the side of the road is so overgrown there is nowhere for the excess surface water to go so the road quickly becomes like a fast flowing river which cuts away further at the road each time it rains and carries some of the surface away making the road even worse.”

Cllr Tom Cunningham on an earlier visit with a local resident

Mr McKenna reiterated Cllr Cunningham’s concerns about the emergency services having to use this road. “It doesn’t bear thinking about if there is a fire or someone takes ill along the road, with no local knowledge of the road the emergency services would certainly be at a disadvantage.”

Concluding, Mr McKenna said “Cllr Cunningham asked in February that this road be resurfaced and that the drainage receives immediate attention to maintain the surface and I will be pursuing this matter until it has been resolved to my satisfaction and the satisfaction of the residents.”