Residents barking mad over fire siren
THE blare of a fire brigade siren which sometimes goes off during the dead of night is beginning to grate on the nerves of up to 30 residents at the Granary in Macroom.
Not only are they annoyed at being woken by the siren but the racket also sets off every dog in Macroom and they continue to bark for up to half an hour after the siren has fallen silent, waking up the entire town.
That was the scenario outlined by Cllr Ted Lucey (FG) at the Blarney Macroom municipal district meeting. One of the sirens is based under the castle arch in the town where the fire brigade is located.
Cllr Lucey said: “The residents living over the Granary, of which there is about 30 people, are getting annoyed. Last week, the siren went off at half four in the morning, it has also gone off at 3am and 5am. To have a siren going off is really outdated now.”
He also said that, in the past, to have a siren going off during daylight hours alerted motorists but there wasn’t any need for it go be going off during the night.
“It is also setting off every dog in the town of Macroom who often bark for half an hour after the siren has finished and really it is waking up people in the town as well,” he said.
Senior executive engineer, James Dwyer said he would raise the matter with the fire officer and revert back to Cllr Lucey on the matter. DESIGN works are currently being done on Inchigeela Bridge and that includes it being widened.
At the Blarney Macroom municipal district meeting, Cllr Michael Creed (FG) asked what was the most up to date report on the bridge. He was told by senior executive engineer, James Dwyer that it will cost between €30,000 and €40,000 to remedy it and presently, the design was being done.
Cllr Creed asked about the possibility of the bridge being widened and was told by Mr Dwyer that while it would be widened, there was a limit on what they could actually do. “Once the drawings are completed, I will bring the drawings to a meeting and show them to everyone where we can discuss them,” said Mr Dwyer.