Union Hall pier ‘not a nice place to be'

June 2nd, 2018 10:05 PM

By Jackie Keogh

People in Union Hall are frustrated by the level of illegal rubbish piling up on the pier.

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AN angry Union Hall resident has taken photographs of the refuse piling up on the local pier.

And Skibbereen Cllr Joe Carroll (FF) has said that he had been made aware that the pier is, once again, in ‘a desperate state.’

But the councillor said the situation is likely to be resolved in the near future because Cork County Council has appointed a harbourmaster who will be taking up his position in the next few weeks.

‘The last harbourmaster retired in July 2017, and since then I have been highlighting the problem at Council meetings because the condition of the pier is nothing short of disgraceful,’ he said. 

‘The problem is that there is no supervision there at present, but when the new harbourmaster starts, the situation should improve dramatically.’

The councillor said he has great sympathy for locals who are trying to run marine-based leisure activities and B&B businesses in the vicinity of the pier.

‘If you were a tourist going down there, you wouldn’t be anxious to go there again. It is not a nice place at present,’ he said. 

‘It is a pity that the problem has dragged on so long, but at least it will be sorted before the summer season gets into full swing.’

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