Council issue update on Cork city wall collapse

Council issue update on Cork city wall collapse

CORK City Council has issued an update on the partial wall collapse on the north side of the city in recent weeks.

Sinn Féin councillor Mick Nugent asked the council for information on the incident in response to some “very concerned” residents in the area.

The partial collapse of a rear garden retaining wall occurred on Church Avenue off Roman Street recently, which also affected neighbouring properties.

Cork City Council, in its response, detailed the councils and the emergency services response to the incident that occurred on February 20.

“At the time, as a precautionary measure, people were evacuated from their houses in the vicinity of the collapse.

This included properties on Church Avenue, Easons Hill, and Upper John St,” a City Hall spokesperson said.

Two days later, the Fire Service attended a further call in the same area, this time in relation to 7 Church Avenue, where a back garden had subsided.

“Cork City Council investigated the partial collapse of this retaining wall under the Local Government (Sanitary Services Act) 1964, and are satisfied that this is a civil matter between private property owners.

“Cork City Council has written to each property owner concerned and recommended that they seek independent Structural Engineering and Legal opinion on the matter as soon as possible,” the City Hall spokesperson said.

Cllr Mick Nugent said that he is concerned there will be more collapses in the area, and questioned if the council had any fund that could be tapped into for some repairs in the area as he understands the wall predates the properties, and is not part of any residence individually.

However, he was informed by the executive that the council has no remit to undertake works on private property, but that they would be happy to meet with residents as they proceed in the process.

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