CORK City Council has confirmed it has no plans to open the Half Moon Lane pedestrian entrance to Tramore Valley Park to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The calls came following the pedestrianisation of the Marina between 8am and 8pm daily to facilitate access to the Páirc Uí Chaoimh Covid-19 testing centre.
Given that Christ the King School has been closed for the foreseeable future, there were questions raised as to why the entrance couldn’t be opened, given the reduction in traffic volumes.
However, a Cork City Council spokesperson toldthat opening the entrance wouldn’t be suitable as the entrance also serves a number of commercial premises, a residence, the ESB, Pitch and Putt Club and a major City Council fleet depot.
“It is not considered to be a safe pedestrian route to Tramore Valley Park at present, there being no footpath and no segregation between vehicles and pedestrians.
“In addition, there are no designated parking areas, and facilitating a pedestrian access point would attract a car parking issue,” the spokesperson said.
“A traffic survey will be undertaken and draft improvement proposals considered in the coming weeks, which would require Part 8 Planning approval at that stage,” the spokesperson added.