Frustrated residents in Crosshaven are protesting this afternoon against a planning stipulation included in a housing development in the area that is threatening the future of a 50-year-old walkway that joins Fennell’s Bay to the town.
Niall Bolster, who lives locally, said a peaceful protest taking place at 2pm, that they hope will instigate some communication around the issue, which residents feel could easily be avoided.
Mr Bolster explained the conundrum.
“O’Flynn’s Construction were given planning permission in 2017 to build a boundary wall with the Stone Lodge situated in the woods. This will mean that a walkway which has been used by generations to walk between Fennels Bay and Crosshaven village will no longer be continuous.
“The plan by O'Flynn's is to redirect the woodland walk into the new estate and past a number of houses and back into the woods.”
Mr Bolster said the locals foresaw the new residents complaining about people walking through their estate and fear the new walkway will be closed off as a result.
Niall said walkers will have the only choice of walking onto the road and around what is known as Gash's corner.
“This is a very dangerous corner, and this is an accident waiting to happen.”
Mr Bolster said all it would take is a bit of communication between the Stone lodge located in the woods and the developer to rearrange things so that the walkway can remain.
“The community believe that some common sense should prevail and if properly managed a biodiverse walkway could be maintained between the new houses and the current Stone Lodge.”
O’Flynn’s Construction confirmed that the ongoing works in their development at Drake's Point in Crosshaven are being undertaken to ensure compliance with the planning permission obtained for the overall development.
“There is an agreed Woodland management plan which provides for underplanting and regeneration of the woodland area to ensure it is maintained and regenerated into the future for the enjoyment of both the residents of Drake's Point and the local community.”
Cork County Council, which granted the planning, said: “The route of the woodland walkway and its relationship to the paths within the estate was clearly set out in the documentation submitted with the planning application.
“The planning process allows for submissions to be made within a five-week period following the receipt of a planning application; only one submission was made on this application and it did not refer to the route of the walkway.”