There is concern that the sharp rise in construction materials, such as tarmac, stone and cement, will significantly hamper Mayo Co Council’s roads programme this year.
Senior council official Padraig Walsh told a recent meeting of the Westport-Belmullet municipal district that the price of building materials has increased by 30-40% during the last number of months.
Achill-based Fianna Fáil Cllr Paul McNamara asked whether this increase would effect proposed works in 2022.
Mr Walsh said it was hard to quantify the effect that the rise will have on the roads programme but believes it would be impossible to deliver all the works that were budgeted.
Mr Walsh told councillors that the local authority’s head of roads Paul Dolan is currently looking into what the increases will entail and further details will be available at a later date.
Westport-based Independent Cllr John O’Malley requested that members be given sufficient notice if funding is cut for a road in their locality. Mr Walsh agreed to do this.
Belmullet-based Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle commended the work that was undertaken on roads in his native Erris but he asked could the main regional road though the barony, the R313, be developed before the busy tourist season in July and August.