Pupils have to avoid sewage on their way to school
Raw sewage discharging from drains beside a school was a chief concern among the grievances presented to the East Cork municipal district authority by a deputation from Cloyne Community Council.
The group’s secretary Si o b h á n N a l l y s a i d t h e problem was regular and children recently had to avoid stepping in excrement on their way to school following a particular bad spillage.
Cllr Danielle Twomey said she had contacted Irish Water, who believed the problem was caused by oil and fats from surrounding family homes accumulating in the drains.
She warned that “unless people stop putting certain things down their drains”, problems would persist.
Ms Twomey suggested that advisory letters be sent to householders.
Ms Nally, on behalf of the community body, also sought improved pavements, claiming children were falling over and sustaining injuries.
Senior executive engineer Dave Clarke said that under the council’s 2018 footpath programme, a contractor was due in Cloyne last week help alleviate the problem.
The secretary said that children in particular were endangered by drivers speeding past the playground and on the school’s wide approach road. She proposed either a traffic calming island or flashing warning signs as solutions.
The engineer recommended installing driver feedback signs but advised they cost up to €4,000 per location, with a 50% community contribution.
Meanwhile, Ms Nally said fly-tipping was a further blight, with “all manner of waste” being dumped along the village environs.
Ms Twomey said the council’s environment section could be asked to deploy a mobile CCTV unit.
Finally, Ms Nally said only two buses daily from Cork served what was a rapidly increasing village population, noting that workers and students leaving Cork had to “wait hours for a bus home”.
Cllr Michael Hegarty said he had been “trying for two years” to get Bus Éireann to attend a municipal meeting, as well as the roads authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, but to no avail. to