Are Councils bankrupting themselves maintaining too many Rural Roads?
The past two decades has seen farmers moving to use much heavier machinery that is destroying lightly constructed roads that were never meant to carry such loads.
The problem is that the roads do not have adequate foundations or sub-bases made from a layer of large crushed stone which spreads the loads over a sufficient bearing area that the soil can support without deformation.
Inevitably the roads crumble into a series of connected potholes with an outcry fro the Council to repair the roads at a cost of hundreds of thousands of euro even though a dozen households might be served by the roads.
The Local Property charge will be bearing an increasing level of the cost! Is it fair that people be conscripted to pay for the abuse of roads by some road users, carrying oversized farm machinery?
Councils will need to abandon the maintenance several rural roads which were not constructed to carry heavy axle loads, as serial repair is money down the drain!