AROUND 30% of parking fines issued across Cork county last year are so far unpaid, The Echo can reveal.
Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that, in 2019, Cork County Council issued 5,500 parking tickets or fines.
As of recent weeks, 1,633 (30%) are yet to be paid.
The county council collected more than €185,000 in 2019 through tickets and fines, according to the documents obtained by The Echo.
The FOI request also revealed that a series of complaints were made to the County Council regarding cycle lanes in the region.
Areas including Blarney, Ballincollig and Cobh were highlighted by people complaining about the lack of maintenance of cycle lanes by the council, or hazards such as short cycle lanes ending in the road.
A complaint sent to the council in February last year said: “I’m writing to you with regards to the cycle lanes in Ballincollig, or rather the lack of properly maintained ones. Not only are the lanes badly in need of repair they do not extend through the town.”
In April, a complainant called for the council to maintain the cycle lanes on both sides of the road at the junction near Dan Sheehan’s Bar in Blarney.
In the same month, another complainant highlighted the need for maintenance on the cycle lanes at Srelane Cross, claiming there was debris, rubble and branches on the routes on either side of the road.
One person wrote to the County Council in September, claiming that the cycle lanes at Grenagh junction in Blarney were “unsafe”.
“This is my second time reporting that the path needs sweeping,” said the complainant.
In November last year, the council received a complaint claiming the cycle lane at the Rathduff junction on the main Cork to Mallow N20 road had a poor surface and contained debris.
Meanwhile, a series of complaints were sent to the County Council throughout 2019, highlighting the dangers of the cycle lane on the N22 between Poulavone roundabout and the junction with the R618 road.
“The cycle lane going eastbound merges with a bus stop and ends soon thereafter as it merges with a left turning lane (going to Blarney),” the complainant said.
“During morning rush hour, eastbound city traffic has a tendency to build up at the R618 junction and can often stretch at least halfway back to the Poulavone roundabout,” the person added.