Cobh could get emergency route soon
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