The Half Moon Lane pedestrian access point to Tramore Valley Park won’t be open to the public in the near future, after Cork City Council confirmed that the timescale to move towards rectifying issues at the location would take 12 months.
If work were to be carried out at the laneway off the South Douglas Road it could take longer. Consultants are, however, to be appointed in the coming weeks to assess the location.
Councillor Mick Finn asked for an update to be provided to councillors on the progress made towards opening the Half Moon Lane pedestrian access point. He also asked for the factors relating to the timescale to be provided.
Director of Operations Valerie O’Sullivan responded with a list of issues at the location that must be worked through before any pedestrian access can be granted.
She said that significant volumes of traffic already use the laneway as it serves Christ King Girls Secondary School, as well as a number of commercial premises, including the ESB, a pitch & putt club, one residential property and a large City Council Depot.
There is also no public footpath on the laneway, while the junction at the end of the 250m stretch is completely blind in both directions when exiting and does not have traffic lights.
Ms O’Sullivan has said that “the lane is completely unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists using it to access Tramore Valley Park and considerable improvement works are required to bring it up to a safe standard.
“It is also important to note that providing an access to the park from Half Moon Lane will also attract visitors arriving by car and, given that there is no dedicated parking area, cars are likely to be abandoned along the narrow lane creating a serious obstruction for other vehicles using the lane to access their premises and for parents dropping and collecting school children,” she added.
Consultants are now set to be appointed to undertake a traffic assessment and survey of the lane. They will then prepare draft improvement proposals to address those issues.
Following this, a Part 8 application will be made and should that get the green light, a detailed design, tender and contract will follow. However, the total timescale of this work is approximately twelve months.
It comes as locals, in recent months, have vented their frustration that the entrance is not in use and have made calls for it to be opened to the public.
The park, which itself was opened to the public in 2019, has three designated entrances — one vehicular and two pedestrian. However, the pedestrian entrance at Half Moon Lane is not in use.