East Cork Municipality Concludes TII Must Upgrade Midleton Road

By Seamus Whelehan


East Cork Municipality Councillors have called for calming measures to be installed along a treacherous stretch of road near Midleton.
Known locally as the Oaten Cake flyover the half a mile section of road links the Cork road to the N25 dual carriageway close to Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann.
Almost 500 students attend the national school daily, many using the flyover to access the school on foot.
Sinn Féin Cllr Danielle Twomey told the November sitting of the East Cork Municipality “on one side of the bridge the footpath only goes part of the way and on the opposite side, the path is so narrow people can’t use it.”
“If the footpath was extended and the road realigned it would make things a lot safer.”
The Midleton based Cllr received the backing of Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarty who said the area warranted immediate attention not just for the school management and pupils but also for future development planned for the area.
The Municipal Chairwoman told the executive the N25 between Midleton and Carrigtwohill will be gridlocked unless new infrastructure is put in place.
“It’s an area that is really growing rapidly and we need to look at pedestrian safety”
Under the Water Rock master plan the area close to the Gaelscoil is earmarked for extensive development.
Last week East Cork Municipality gave permission for 61 social houses at Abbey Wood to go for public consultation, the lands a currently zoned for in excess of 400 units.
Senior Engineer Cork Roads David Clarke said while Cork County Council have responsibility for roads Transport Infrastructure Ireland have a responsibility to maintain the Oaten Cake flyover stating “it’s another wrinkle in a complicated system”
The authority are to write to the TII outlining their concerns for health and safety.