MEMBERS of the public and councillors will get their first insight into development plans for Marino Point next month.
Questions regarding plans for the long-awaited redevelopment of the former Irish Fertiliser Industries (IFI) site, near Cobh, will be taken by Port of Cork staff at two events in September.
Two public information evenings are due to take place regarding the Belvelly Port Facility masterplan on September 4 at Belvelly Port Facility office at Marino Point and Thursday, September 5, at Passage West GAA club, both between 4pm and 8pm.
The Marino Point jetty is located in 10m of water, enabling large ships to dock there and a number of companies are set to be located in the 114-acre site.
Port activities will likely be focused on oil, agri-feed, and fertiliser traffic.
The site was previously owned by IFI and UK-based Chemical Industries and closed in 2002 with the loss of over 200 jobs.
County councillors in Cobh and Passage West have sought meetings with the Port of Cork to discuss plans but remain in the dark around detailed plans since the site was purchased in 2017.
The Port of Cork told The Echo recently that the facility has the potential to create hundreds of jobs and could be up and running by 2020.
Three parcels of land on the site are now owned by the Port and the redevelopment is a joint venture with Wicklow-based Lanber Holdings.
Councillor Seamus McGrath (FF) said a number of key issues need to be addressed for Passage West which is closer to the site than Cobh.
“Up to now, the Port seems very guarded about what the proposals have been. There is a lot of concern locally about what they are and as public representatives, we have tried to engage with the Port but we haven’t really been able to get much information to date.
“The concerns obviously, in terms of Passage West, are purely down to the proximity to the town to Marino Point are in relation to what type of materials will be transported there. Will there be noise, dust pollution, light pollution and other things?
“There is an information vacuum at present and it is vitally important that the proposals are out there and what the process is, in terms of seeking planning permission, from here on in. It is the first opportunity to see what could be out there and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the information day and engage in it,” Mr McGrath added.
Councillors in Cobh have previously flagged the need to upgrade the road into Cobh (the R624) to facilitate traffic travelling to the site.