Calls to step up and up­grade foot­path

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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