Res­i­dents bark­ing mad over fire siren

The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HERLIHY De­sign works for Inchigeela bridge MARIA HERLIHY

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.

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