Pupils have to avoid sewage on their way to school

Irish Examiner - County - - News - ChristytParker

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

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