Flooding by former hotel ‘major safety concern’
Flooding close to a former hotel in Glanmire is putting pedestrians at serious risk as they have to walk out onto a busy road to try to avoid it.
Flood water has become a regular occurrence on the road adjacent to the former John Barleycorn Hotel in recent years.
It regularly cuts off a 30metre section of footpath and roadway which serves a number of shops, a national school and the Sarsfield’s GAA Club.
Cllr Ger Keohane told a meeting of the Cobh/Glanmire municipal district council that it should be “treated as a major health and safety concern”.
He demanded it was a problem which had “to be tackled once and for all”.
Cllr Keohane, chairman of the municipal district, also pointed to regular incidents of flooding further along the same road between the Marwood housing estate and the hurling club.
He said such floods were “causing mayhem” and were often so deep that cars were having to do U-turns as they couldn’t get through them.
Council engineers said there were a lot of trees in the area and falling leaves washed into gullies had blocked them.
Officials said while outdoor staff try to respond as quickly as possible to such incidents, the only proper solution was likely to be found when the proposed €8.5m Glashaboy flood relief scheme was constructed.
The flood relief scheme is yet to be signed off by the Government, even though its design has been completed by the OPW and council engineers.