Swimming area in Ballycotton closed as danger highlighted
A popular swimming area in Ballycotton has been permanently closed to the public after a report highlighted that it is very dangerous.
The ‘paradise’ swimming area was closed after concerns were raised with the council’s Water Safety Development Officer and the matter was referred to Irish Water Safety.
County council officials said that, through Irish Water Safety, a risk assessment report was carried out by a member of the International Lifesaving Federation of Europe (ILSE). The report described the access as “very dangerous and unsuitable for use” and without complete reconstruction of the step structure, described as ‘’in itself a dangerous task’’, recommended that the access to the public be permanently closed to the public and the erection of additional signage to emphasise the danger.
The report further advised that mobile phone coverage is almost non-existent at this location and that in the event of an emergency only helicopter rescue would be possible.
The landowner was informed and advised that the Council is to put up warning signs and fencing at the cliff walk in this vicinity to inform members of the public of the hazards/risks identified in the risk assessment report.
Cllr Danielle Twomey said it is “very regrettable that the paradise swimming area in Ballycotton has been closed off by Cork County Council,” although she conceded that from a safety point of view it is completely understandable: “The safety of constituents is of utmost importance. I feel that although barriers have been erected that people may still try to access the area and I would advise people not to do this. The stepping stones have been removed making access impossible. I have many fond childhood memories from this spot and I hope that the landowner will consider reopening it in the future with the sufficient safety measures in place for the public.”