Ghost Ship sightseers 'destroying local area'

Ghost Ship sightseers 'destroying local area'

people are abandoning their cars in people’s driveways, going onto private property and damaging fields of crops by traipsing through them to get a closer look at the ship.

Daytrippers looking to get close to the washed-up ghost ship in Ballycotton are destroying the surrounding area of East Cork, a local councillor has said.

East Cork Fine Gael Councillor Michael Hegarty told The Echo, the ghost ship, which ran aground very close to Ballyandreen back in February, has resulted in overuse of the small local road that leads to people close to the wreck.

 A drone picture of the MV Alta which ran aground on the rocks at Ballyandreen, East Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
A drone picture of the MV Alta which ran aground on the rocks at Ballyandreen, East Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

As well as this, Mr Hegarty said that people are abandoning their cars in people’s driveways, going onto private property and damaging fields of crops by traipsing through them to get a closer look at the ship.

The Fine Gael Councillor also highlighted the fact that it is very dangerous to get close to the ship and the best way to view the wreck is by boat or plane.

The ‘Ghost Ship’ MV Alta aground at Ballydereen, west of Ballycotton, Co. Cork
The ‘Ghost Ship’ MV Alta aground at Ballydereen, west of Ballycotton, Co. Cork

“Since the ghost ship has been abandoned there, there have been daily sightseers down there to view it, which is quite dangerous to access.” 

Mr Hegarty said the verges of the road from Ballyandreen Cross down to the village has been damaged by the number of cars visiting on weekends.

The local councillor said the big concern is that if an emergency vehicle needs to travel these roads, they will not be able to get through.

Ghostship MV Alta, at Ballycotton. Pic Cillian Kelly
Ghostship MV Alta, at Ballycotton. Pic Cillian Kelly

“The big danger is if an emergency vehicle is required to go to the assistance of someone down there, it is almost impassable.” Speaking at the Southern Meeting held at County Hall on Monday, Mr Hegarty said he was calling for a complete resurfacing of that road is done in the immediate short term.

Mr Hegarty also said there is a little car park at the end of the road that could be surfaced, lined and marked so people can see exactly where they can park and private property and cul de sac signs should be erected for the residents who reside there.

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