A broken tidal gate at the Atlantic Pond in Cork city is causing “irreparable” damage to both wildlife and plantlife in the area, according to a local councillor.
Cllr Des Cahill (FG) said the tidal gate, which is supposed to prevent salt water entering the pond, has been broken for more than three weeks.
He toldthat repeated calls for City Hall to address the matter have gone unanswered.
“The gates are supposed to close when the tide is coming in to prevent water getting in and they are supposed to open when the tide is going out to release water,” explained Cllr Cahill.
“Now, however, the gate mechanism has broken and there is salt water coming in, being held there and causing damage to both wildlife and plantlife.
“We’ve repeatedly asked for this to be addressed but to no avail."
Cllr Cahill said there is concern among locals as to the impact the broken gate might have on wildlife and plantlife in and around the pond.
“There have been repeated calls for it to be addressed, from myself and members of the public,” he said.
“One member of the public described it as a mini environmental disaster.
“The problem is that the sea water is going to come in and destroy the life in the pond.
“It’s also going to impact surrounding wildlife, trees and grass unless it’s fixed rapidly.
“I’m concerned that it’s going to cause irreparable damage and it’s extremely frustrating, both as a resident and public rep, that this has not been addressed.
“It was reported over three weeks ago and there is a huge concern about the damage it will cause before it is fixed, and the impact that will have.”
Cork City Hall was contacted for comment.