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Roundabout Needed At Passage West Estate

Writes Leo McMahon

A roundabout at the entrance to Harbour Heights, Passage West was requested by Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) at the recent meeting of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline-Ballincollig Municipal District (MD).

The estate was an unfinished development taken over by the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) and looked after by a receiver. She understood that the roundabout was due to be built in the first quarter of this year and when this didn’t happen, she made enquiries and it was now her understanding that NAMA was considering selling off Harbour Heights and the remaining development and roundabout would go with the purchaser and next developer.

This, Cllr D’Alton contended, wasn’t ideal because there was currently a gap in infrastructure on the busy R610 and an issue of safety of accessing and exiting the estate. She suggested the MD write to NAMA to encourage the go-ahead for the new development and start the process for the long-awaited roundabout. This was unanimously agreed.

Still with the R610, Cllr D’Alton said excess surface water between Glenbrook and Raffeen despite resurfacing after works on the Cork Lower Harbour Drainage Scheme was ‘a huge issue’. Some areas which previously drained, such as the centre of Monkstown, no longer did so. She asked if measures such as installing additional gullies, could be taken.

Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF) concurred, adding he was also contacted about flooding and drainage problems on the R610 near the Raffeen civic amenity road, Monkstown and the bottom of Carrigmahon Hill.

Senior executive engineer Madeleine Healy replied that she was aware of it and had discussed with the drainage scheme team even though there was no onus on them to put in an extra surface water system where it didn’t exist. The council wasn’t in a financial position to do so while resurfacing took place nor did it wish to delay the latter.

However, the council would look to see what could be done to alleviate repeated surface water problems. Resurfacing, she argued, hadn’t made any areas worse and pointed out that the amount of rain that fell over a couple of days in mid-April was extreme.

A pedestrian crossing on the R610 between the improved entrance and car park for the railway line walk and The Tavern in Passage West was requested by Cllr Michael Frick Murphy (SF). Many car drivers tended to pick up speed at this section of road, he stated. The engineer said she would put it on a list of items for the road design office but pointed out it wouldn’t proceed this year. There was also a suggestion of a crossing at the bottom of Church Hill.

Cllr Murphy repeated his call for resurfacing of the top road at Rockenham, Passage West.

Cllr D’Alton asked that grass cutting be part of the regular schedule of works for the council at Marmullane Park, Passage Westand the engineer agreed to this. The councillor again reported that some of the lights in the park were out for several months. Ms Healy replied that she had asked the public lighting section for a report.

There was a repeated call for MD members and concerned residents of Passage West, especially those living only 500 metres away and directly across the Lee Channel, to be kept up to date on any planned developments in the former IFI/NET fertilizer plant at Marino Point. She asked that they be invited to a proposed meeting the Port of Cork held with members of Cobh MD.

A bus shelter near the Glenbrook-Carrigaloe cross river ferry terminal was requested by Cllr D’Alton who said it would particularly benefit school children coming off the ferry and waiting for the 223 bus to St Peter’s Community School, Passage West. There was a shelter on the Carrigaloe side, she added. It was agreed to contact the National Transport Authority which provides and funds shelters.

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