'All shook up' - local councillor cites Elvis song over road conditions in Waterford suburb
"All shook up" is how a local councillor described the conditions of a road in a Waterford City housing estate.
Councillor Jason Murphy was commenting on the condition of the main road going through Ballybeg.
The local representative has raised the issue with residents remaining concerned about the condition of the road.
Speaking at the most recent Metropolitan meeting of Waterford City and County Council, councillor Murphy referenced the road to a famous Elvis song.
"Elvis Presley once had a great hit with a song called All Shook Up, but a little-known fact is that he was inspired to sing this on a drive through the main road in Ballybeg.
"This road is an absolute disgrace at this point. It's getting to the point where mechanics in Waterford are telling people to drive through that road if they want to test the shocks on their car."
Myrl Spry who works in Ballybeg as a carer says the roads are unacceptable.
"I'm not a resident but a carer and I work in the area all the time. I feel that it is destroying the car as I am up and down here all the time.
"A lot of the learner drivers come up and down here and they still have not fixed the road for such a long time. The potholes do get fixed but because the traffic is heavy, the holes come back quite quickly.
"You can feel it underneath your car you can feel the damage being done. Something needs to be done. I feel sorry for the people who live in the area and have to drive this road all the time."
Where do we stand?
Councillor Murphy continued to press the council for an answer on the conditions of the Ballybeg road.
"I think a couple of years ago at this point, we approved funding in our roads budget to carry out works on that road running through Ballybeg. Where are those works and to what extent are we going to resurface that road?"
In response, the Senior engineer for roads with the council, Gabriel Hynes says the repairs will be pushed back to next year.
"It's not an easy one to solve. We need to come up with an acceptable solution it is a tricky enough issue to solve. It will be included for consideration in February's programme.
"It was included in our programme for this year. They are concrete roads that our normal contractor wouldn't be in a position to do so we have pushed it into next year to be included in that programme."
Councillor Murphy accepted the comments from the council and awaits works to commence.
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