Gaps In Railing On Passage Road Could Save Wild Life
Writes Leo McMahon
A gap under the railings between Hop Island and Passage West so that badgers, foxes and other wild life can enter the parallel ‘Suez Canal’ was requested by Cllr Michael Frick Murphy (SF) at the monthly meeting of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline-Ballincollig Municipal District (MD).
He, along with Cllrs Eoghan Jeffers (SF) and Marcia D’Alton (Ind) said they had noticed dead badgers and foxes in the same area on the busy Rochestown-Passage West R610 road close to what is also called the ‘Suez Pond’ which is between the road and seashore railway line path.
Cllr D’Alton said the railing had been expensive to install but hopefully something could be done to create gaps in conjunction with Passage West Tidy Towns who were seeking funding to remove litter from the Suez Canal and cut back wild clematis and other vegetation. It was also proposed to update the biodiversity study carried out there in the early 2000s.
Cllr Murphy concurred and it was agreed to make enquiries. Cllr D’Alton also renewed the call for a litter management plan for the MD.
Cllr Murphy also had a motion asking what could be done to repair leaking asbestos roofs on sheds in Ardmore Estate, Passage West.
‘If the shed in question relates to a council property, the issue needs to be referred to the housing department as a repair request,’ replied MD officer Kevin O’Regan while senior executive engineer Madeleine Healy said the housing section could appoint a suitable contractor.
‘If the shed relates to a property that is privately owned, it is a matter for the owner to engage their own contractor to undertake repairs or roof replacement. There are a number of companies in Cork who advertise for repair or removal to asbestos roofs,’ Mr O’Regan added.
Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF) requested resurfacing of the Monkstown Road in the aftermath of works by Irish Water and for an upgrade of the Shanbally roundabout.
Cllr D’Alton stressed the importance of advance notice of any road closures in Passage West to facilitate Irish Water work and asked for grass cutting at Monkstown Park. She also described as ‘a cycling death trap’, a deep gully outside the former Harbour Lights Bar in Passage West. Cllr Murphy concurred.
On a proposal by Cllr Murphy, the MD congratulated Leading Seaman Roy Carroll, Maulbaun, Passage West of the Naval Service who led a search and rescue operation that helped save the lives of around 700 refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and was honoured with a Defence Forces award for physical courage.
Cllr Murphy also congratulated Passage West Under 18 ladies soccer team on winning the Shield.
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