Calls to step up and upgrade footpath
Fears have been raised that parts of areas earmarked to be taken over by Cork City Council as part of its boundary extension are being neglected by the county council.
That was the assertion made by Cllr Bob Ryan at a meeting of the Blarney/Macroom municipal district council. He said he has been calling for the past three-anda-half years for a section of footpath on the Kerry Road in Tower, near Blarney, to be upgraded.
Cllr Ryan said a lot of the footpath had been completed, but a 30m to 40m section has remained undone during this time.” Cllr Kevin Conway agreed with him adding that “a comprehensive job has been done on the rest of it”.
The kerbing is in place on the section and it just needs tar infill. “We’re (councillors) being constantly asked by people why it still hasn’t been done,” Cllr Ryan said.
Engineers promised to look at it. However, Cllr Ryan added he “is very suspicious” about it being done because the area will come under city council jurisdiction following next year’s local elections: “I’ve deep suspicious about other works [being done] in that area too.”
Councillors have appealed to Cork TDs to use their influence to exclude the Blarney area from being swallowed by the city boundary extension.
They say that unlike other areas earmarked for inclusion in the expansion — such as Glanmire, Cork Airport, and Frankfield — Blarney is far more rural and should stay under control of the county council.