Carrick-on-Suir’s Dillon Bridge is to get a new coat of paint but the Council hasn’t enough funding at the moment to replace its worn railings.
The paint job on the bridge’s railings will cost Carrick-on-Suir Town Council E3,000 and the work is to be carried out within the next month.
The Council previously estimated the facelift would cost about E15,000 but this would have included repairs to the worn and damaged railings along the bridge.
Town Engineer Eoin Powell explained to the Town Council’s latest meeting that the Council had been advised to replace rather than repair the railings but it would have to wait until it got the money to do this.
But there was disagreement among councillors over the Council’s plan to paint the railings as a temporary patch-up measure.
Labour Cllr Denis Landy said it was a waste of “hard sought for money” to paint over the cracks in railings that needed to be replaced.
He said the Council should set aside the money for a proper upgrade of the bridge and to apply for funding to replace the worn railings. He suggested the Council explore funding options from such bodies as the South Tipperary Development Company.
However, Cllr Kieran Bourke and Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Richie O’Neill insisted spending the E3000 on painting the bridge would be money well spent.
Cllr Bourke described the appearance of the bridge as “atrocious” and he considered E3000 was a reasonable cost for the project. God only knew when the Council would get money to replace the old railings, he pointed out.
Cllr O’Neill echoed this view: “I think it’s in an awful state and needs to be cleaned up. The bridge is the first thing tourists see when they come into the town.”
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien said the Council will singificantly increase its Community Employment workers in April and might get the scheme to do this project, which would reduce the E3,000 cost.