COUNCIL officials visited Graball Bay in Crosshaven last week to inspect the ‘third world’ infrastructure that residents say they are experiencing there.
Their visit to the area was a result of a motion raised by Fine Gael Councillor Aidan Lombard at a meeting of Cork County Council last week.
Cllr Lombard is calling for urgent action on the ongoing problems in Graball Bay, which he said was described by county engineer David Keane as ‘the worst example of infrastructure in the county of Cork’,
Cllr Lombard said he was frustrated with the lack of progress as he had previously raised the motion at a Bandon Kinsale Municipal District Meeting. This motion was sent to Cork County Council, but was subsequently sent back.
‘Cork County Council need to sort out the problems there as you have sewage mixing with storm water and flowing down the road into Crosshaven. The road, water and sewerage infrastructure is Third World and our county engineers described it as the worst example of infrastructure in the county,’ said Cllr Lombard.
‘It needs someone in Cork County Council to take responsibility for it. We have a tourist attraction like Fort Camden nearby which we are spending money on, but also we have sewage running down the road alongside it. There has been neglect there for 30 years from a district level up to Council level.’
Cllr Kevin Murphy (FG) agreed with his colleague and described the situation in Graball Bay as a ‘nightmare’ for those living there.
‘The roadworks are in a dreadful state and we need our engineers to go there and carry out a survey of the area,’ said Cllr Murphy.
Cllr Rachel McCarhty (SF) said she supported Cllr Lombard’s motion as she said he has tried on several occasions to get answers about Graball Bay and said it was disappointing that they couldn’t answer the residents’ questions.
County Mayor Seamus McGrath said he also supported the motion and said there were long issues there which haven’t got the attention they should have.
However, he promised that a detailed report would be carried out into the problems at Graball Bay.
‘We just want answers and sending it back to the Municipal District wasn’t the answer,’ added Cllr Lombard, who also said it has been the most frustrating project that he has been involved in since joining Cork County Council.