Shanagarry Community Association Discuss Road Safety

By Seamus Whelehan

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A campaign for better road safety around Shanagarry took a major step forward on Monday as villagers met with Council officials to advance their cause.

A delegation from the Community Council told the October sitting of the East Cork Municipal District the area lacked foot paths.

Mark Doyle spokesperson for the Community Association said there are a number of trouble spots residents want addressed urgently.

He said there is poor infrastructure around the village meaning “walking on the road is hazardous” for children and adults.

“We don’t have any footpaths leading from the village to the beach, the car park, the Ballymaloe cookery school or the shop”

He added there is also a need for the council to enforce its own byelaws and prevent people from launching jet skis and ribs from Ardnahinch beach which is designated a do not launch site.

The delegation also raised the issue of flooding at Fr Troy Park and overgrown vegetation on the northern road adjacent to the Church.

They said a number of vacant sites, one of which is owned by Cork County Council, needs attention with trees overhanging, causing a narrowing of the carriageway.

It’s understood Cork County Council’s property section are considering the site suitable for sheltered accommodation for the elderly.

Cllr Michael Hegarty agreed with the delegation, the northern road needed attention.

The Fine Gael Cllr said there has been repeated calls for a towpath there on but the standard 1.2m pavement could not be constructed without encroaching on boundaries.

He said despite this council should go ahead and construct the walkway as best it could.

Fellow Cllr Susan McCarthy said while she did agree with her colleague she felt creating a footpath to the Cookery school was not warranted.

She said however there is a “serious need” for a pathway to the primary school and to the beach.

Municipality Chairwoman Mary Linehan Foley said regarding Ardnahinch beach the Harbour Master lacked the power to act. She said the byelaws are under review across the County.

The Youghal based Cllr said at present it was a matter for the Gardaí to enforce the law.

Senior Engineer Cork Roads Dave Clarke will review the Community Associations concerns and report back next month.

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