Complaints of dissatisfaction with the state of a “repaired” section of the Waterford road out of Tramore prompted Area Engineer Jane O’Neill to undertake at Tramore Town Council’s monthly meeting to engage with the gardai about the possibility of painting a continuous white line along the road centre and reducing the speed limit.

She told the members however that because of the threat of speeding motorists she could not guarantee removal of cones currently dividing the traffic lanes, which members claimed were dangerous.

The subject was raised by Cllr Blaise Hannigan who said a large portion of the repair material had lifted off the road and while the Engineer had previously stated that the job could not be re-done until warmer weather arrived in June, he believed the temperature could well be high enough in April to proceed.

In that regard Mayor Raymond Hayden said other local authorities had similar problems and suggested Waterford County Council get in touch with them and check if better surfacing could be acquired and set down sooner.

Cllr James McCartan felt the supplier of the failed surface should be held liable while Cllr Joe Conway wondered why the new surface was laid down at all last September, because the road was perfectly fine at the time. The tar and chip surface was a fiasco, he said.