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Toilets sought for popular visitor areas

Writes Leo McMahon


Cork County Council should consider investing in permanent toilets at the most popular amenities such as beaches and greenways, say members of Carrigaline Municipal District (MD).

The issue was highlighted by an cathaoirleach Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF) at the monthly meeting who, in noting that the Climate Action Plan adopted by the council would in future impact on the cost of various works in the MD, argued that now was the time to look at providing year round permanent public toilets instead of portaloos at the most popular locations such as Myrtleville and somewhere along the Crosshaven-Carrigaline Greenway.

The popular Greenway near Rabbit Island, Drake's Pool, between Crosshaven and Caarrigaline, a possible locatsion for a year round public toilet. Picture: Leo McMahon

In support, Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF) said there should be public toilets year round at a central point on the well used greenway. People with particular health issues had raised this with him, saying the lack of a toilet restricted their use of the shoreline walk. 

Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) in agreement said: ‘I’ve been asking for some time that rather than take all the portaloos away at the end of the summer season, the MD might consider leaving two or three all year round at the most used locations.  Lulu’s car park on the Carrigaline-Crosshaven line would be an example.  We have two there in the summer season but it would benefit from leaving just one off-peak.’

In reply to councillors, senior executive officer (SEO) Maurice Murphy agreed that the council should be looking at a plan but said it depended on available resources. Every funding stream available regarding beaches etc would be checked. Cllr Buckley welcomed this.

The SEO warned that experimenting with a year round portaloo involved significant m

aintenance that could stretch resources, especially if there were problems with anti-social behaviour and people congregating around these. It was important to get the provision of such facilities right because it end up trying to retro-fit and costing the council a lot more.

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