New footpaths on John’s Bridge disintegrating

The newly resurfaced footpaths on John’s Bridge, which are disintegrating after less than six months of being in place, need to be rethought and redone, says Cllr Joe Reidy (FF) – and in fact Kilkenny Borough Council is meeting with the contractor to address the matter.

The newly resurfaced footpaths on John’s Bridge, which are disintegrating after less than six months of being in place, need to be rethought and redone, says Cllr Joe Reidy (FF) – and in fact Kilkenny Borough Council is meeting with the contractor to address the matter.

“The surface has completely disintegrated,” Cllr Reidy said of the footpaths, whose initially smooth surface has become pockmarked and uneven. “It looked lovely at the start but it is obviously not fit for purpose,” he said of the surfacing material, which was also used on St Mary’s Lane.

Senior Borough Council engineer Kieran Fitzgerald said that the surfacing material is a new product that the council used it on the two areas on a trial basis.

“We had a healthy scepticism as to whether it would be successful or not,” he said, noting that had it worked as hoped, “it would have been the cheapest upgrade of a street ever.”

Mr Fitzgerald said there were limited options for the footpaths on John’s Bridge because several service lines are located just beneath them. For example, it is not possible to cobble them, he said.

As it stands with the trial material, he said, “we are speaking with the contractor to see if it can be remediated.”