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CLARE COUNTY COUNCIL have acknowledged surface dressing is required in the village of Cooraclare but have pointed out they do not complete such work “in a village setting”.

Inclusion of Cooraclare village in the surface dressing programme for 2022 was sought by Cllr Bill Chambers (FF) in a proposal before the West Clare Municipal District which was seconded by Cllr Ian Lynch (IND).

In what can be described as a contradictory response, senior executive engineer, Alan Kennelly outlined, “Clare County Council does not use surface dressing in a village setting” but later added, “the West Clare MD is aware that resurfacing is required in Cooraclare and is trying to source funding”.

On the extent of works required in Cooraclare, Kennelly explained that site investigation must first occur, planning and excavation to remove the existed surface which could involve the excavation of soft spots and the lowering of services encountered and possibly realignment of footpath kerbs. Other envisioned tasks include the installation of service pipes and ducts at crossings and along footpaths to future proof the works to ensure that the surface will not have to be re-excavated. Stone mastic asphalt would be Kennelly’s material of choice for any resurfacing.

He stated, “All of the above are very expensive works, and funding is not available in the 2022 Schedule of Municipal District Works”.

Meanwhile, Cllr Chamber also asked for hedge cutting to be carried out on the Clonreddan and Shyan roads, a bid supported by Cllr PJ Kelly (FF).

Kennelly outlined that hedge cutting is prohibited until August 31st under the Wildlife Act 2000. “Clare County Council does operate a Community hedge-cutting grant scheme, under which the landowner can apply to for a grant to hedges themselves,” he flagged.
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