Lisa McGline and Micheal Rea.

Locals in Little Island opposed to a plan to locate a waste management facility in their community say people power has won out, after the company behind the proposal withdrew their application.
Midleton Skip Hire had been working with Country Clean to develop a 4 acre site close to lands zoned for up to 250 homes at Courtstown Little Island.
The company said it had pulled its application in face of strong local opposition, but maintained the facility is still needed.
Last Friday (26 January) over 150 people attended a public meeting organised by Fianna Fail Councillor Padraig O’Sullivan ahead of the 5 February deadline for objections.
The Little Island residents, had urged Cork County Council planners to reject the development of the 1.5 hectare site, fearing that, if given the go ahead, the facility would add to the Island’s already grid locked roads.
Opponents of the plan had argued that with increased traffic there were safety concerns.
They also criticised the application as being poorly written and claimed it contained “massive omissions” “giving no recognition of zoned land in its Environmental impact study.”
The residents argued that the company had given insufficient detail on the risk to a nearby Special Area of Conservation or Cork Harbour and also feared for the odours emitted from the site.
Cllr O’Sullivan said “it is great the public’s concerns were listened to. Country Clean are still the owner and I would envisage they would try again for something in the future.”
Country Clean have confirmed they are still considering plans to build a waste recycling facility in little Island and state the public’s concerns will be taken into account should a new application be made.
However, Michael Mulcahy of the Little Island Business Association says the community will continue to strongly oppose such a development.
“The scale of a plant for a residential community that this was adjacent to was never going to work, is never going to work.”
“You are not going to put a plant like this into Little Island and I assume you are not going to put it into other residential communities in Cork City or County.”