Cobh could get emer­gency route soon

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An emer­gency route through the Fota es­tate into Cobh could soon be utilised in the event of the main road be­ing blocked by a traf­fic ac­ci­dent or weather-re­lated in­ci­dents.

Re­cent wint s st ms brought trees down, while ac­ci­dents oc­ca­sion­ally lead to the sole public road into the har­bour town be­ing sealed off.

How­ever, plans are now pro­gress­ing to open up an emer­gency route.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials say the plan is nearly com­plete and it in­volved the per­mis­sion of five landown­ers to route the road through pri­vate prop­er­ties.

Of­fi­cials briefed coun­cil­lors af­ter Cllr Cathal Ras­mussen ex­pressed con­cern it was “tak­ing so long to com­plete”.

He was ad­vised “some small works needed to be com­pleted on the route to make it ac­ces­si­ble for emer­gency ve­hi­cles”.

Of­fi­cials said that the plan would be com­pleted shortly and coun­cil­lors would be in­formed.

At a meet­ing of the Cobh/ Glan­mire mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil, Mr Ras­mussen also raised con­cerns about the state of parts of the wall on the Fota Road side of the es­tate and the con­di­tion of the trees, some of which have been felled but just left hang­ing on top of oth­ers.

Of­fi­cials said they had writ­ten to a landowner in ques­tion about mak­ing the trees safe and would make fur­ther con­tact.

Coun­cil engi­neers also promised to in­spect sec­tions of the wall.

“Long-term, the only so­lu­tion is a new road into Cobh, and we are await­ing a re­port back from the depart­ment on long-term plans for this,” Cllr Ras­mussen said. A fun­fair li­cence has been granted by Cork Co Coun­cil for Piper’s Fun­fair to op­er­ate a carousel in the Prom­e­nade, Cobh, over the sum­mer months.

The fun­fair will also in­clude an in­flat­able slide and other at­trac­tions for chil­dren.

Cobh/Glan­mire mu­nic­i­pal district of­fi­cer Paraig Lynch said he was sat­is­fied that as the com­pany had the nec­es­sary in­sur­ance and safety certificates all in or­der, the ap­pli­ca­tion for a li­cence was be­ing granted.

The Prom­e­nade is also likely to host a num­ber of food and craft mar­kets in the com­ing weeks to co­in­cide with the ar­rival of a num­ber of cruise lin­ers which will berth at the town’s deep­wa­ter quay

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