The ripple effect of the Harbour Row Business and Residents Association continues to expand as the street that has been neglected for almost two decades gets another massive boost. Following a recent meeting with the residents of Harbour Row led by Sarah O’Connor, Angela O’Halloran and Cllrs Sinéad Sheppard and Cathal Rasmussen, Cork County Council has begun a major clean-up of the area.
Up until the mid-90’s Harbour Row was a bustling hub of shops and bars, but now it’s primarily a street which people drive through, with indiscriminate dumping in areas. Twenty years on Cork County Council is making an aggressive move to reactivate the area, with the help of local residents and businesses.
On Thursday 15 November Council crews were deployed to unblock drains, and a deep clean of the street took place on Tuesday 20 November. Accompanied by the Harbour Row Business and Residents Association, locals and Council outdoor staff went about cleaning up the neighbourhood, with shovels and brushes donated by Hardware House. “As a community backed by Cork County Council we hope to make huge improvements to the street, with the addition of CCTV to help apprehend those behind fly-tipping, and facilitate regular litter picks” commented Mrs O’Connor
“Council has agreed to cover half the cost of painting the facades along the street, and the Municipal Office has promised to push owners of derelict and vacant buildings to improve their appearance” added the Harbour Row business owner. Fine Gael Cllr Sinead Sheppard said “it just shows what can happen when residents and the Council come together. The residents and businesses are genuinely passionate about the street, and it shows.”
Once the renovations are completed, residents plan on holding a Street Revival Party with local food, music, prizes, a DJ and children’s entertainment, a public ribbon cutting and celebration when the link between the town’s West End and West Side is completed next summer.