Out­rage as north Cork foot­path closed for four years.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page - Seán O’Rior­dan

Work to re­solve a closed off foot­path on the side of a dan­ger­ous road in a North Cork town has seen a pushed fur­ther down the line which could spark a protest by lo­cals.

Cllr Noel McCarthy asked a meet­ing of the Charleville/ Fer­moy mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil what was hap­pen­ing to the foot­path on the side of the N72 (Fer­moy-Mal­low) road near to the town’s Church of Ire­land chapel.

The foot­path, which runs to the north­ern side of the town park, is in dan­ger of col­lapse and has been closed off for four years.

In the mean­time moth­ers with bug­gies have been forced to walk out on the road to get around it, which is a ma­jor safety is­sue.

As the foot­path is on the side of a na­tional se­condary road it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land (TII), for­merly known as the Na­tional Roads Author­ity (NRA).

For the last few years the county coun­cil has been try­ing to get it re­paired.

How­ever, there has been one de­lay af­ter an­other, much to the anger of lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

Cllr McCarthy asked coun­cil of­fi­cials for an up­date.

He was in­formed by them that promised work on the foot­path has not ma­te­ri­alised.

They said that the ap­proved con­trac­tor in­di­cated late in the day that due to staff short­ages they were un­able to ful­fill the con­tract and were with­draw­ing their ten­der.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials said the sec­ond con­trac­tor on the list has in­di­cated that they will be in a po­si­tion to carry out the work and ex­pect to be on site by the end of this month. “I’ll be­lieve it when I ac­tu­ally see them with their shov­els on site,” Cllr Frank O’Flynn said.

“First we were told that the work was sup­posed to start in July af­ter many false dawns and then we get this,” Cllr McCarthy said.

He said pa­tience was run­ning thin and the lo­cal Tidy Town or­gan­i­sa­tion had told him they will mount a protest at the site.

Cllr McCarthy told fel­low coun­cil­lors that the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mem­bers said they would mount this protest if the foot­path work was not com­pleted by the Oc­to­ber Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

“I’m de­mand­ing a meet­ing with TII be­cause we don’t know if it will even be done in 2018,” Cllr McCarthy said.

The coun­cil’s se­nior ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer for the area, Bren­dan O’Gor­man, said it was not a sim­ple job to re­place it.

He said the con­trac­tor that had pulled out had a num­ber of ma­jor con­tracts go­ing on around the coun­try and was overex­tended.

Pic­ture: De­nis Mini­hane

Cllr Frank O’Flynn at a foot­path which is await­ing re­fur­bish­ment on the Mal­low Road en­trance to Fer­moy.

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