Cessnock Councillor Ian Olsen has come under fire for suggesting that council sell community halls in the area to fund much needed road repairs and infrastructure.

Outraged by the idea, Cessnock Deputy Mayor, Cordelia Burcham says Cr Olsen’s “quick fix” approach won’t solve the problem.

“It’s ridiculous. It has no vision and no foresight.”

Instead, Ms Burcham suggests the roads should have been addressed earlier and council needs to find a long-term solution.

“Rather than looking inward and looking to pick off small fruit in our own backyard, we need to be looking to other solutions. We need to be finding where they are, let’s not stop until we find what these solutions actually are.”

Cessnock Council is responsible for about 900 kilometres of road with an annual budget of just under $3million.