Demand for action with Blackpool rubbish attracting rats 

Demand for action with Blackpool rubbish attracting rats 

Rats can be seen crawling around in the rubbish dumped in the bushes along the path on the Blackpool bypass. Picture: Damian Coleman

CONCERNS have been raised over rats being attracted by dumping on the N20 bypass through Blackpool.

Councillor Mick Nugent (SF) has called on Cork City Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to intervene to cut back shrubbery and remove rubbish left by fly-tippers that has accumulated and is attracting rats on a walkway used by hundreds of people each day.

The Echo walked the road with Mr Nugent and came across a number of rats walking along rubbish bags just feet away from a public walkway and metres away from housing estates at Mount Farran, Farran Cleary Place and Assumption Road.

Mr Nugent said residents are extremely concerned by the dumping along the route, which is used by several children making their way to school each day.

“You’d have to walk the road to see how bad it is. Residents in Mount Farran and Farran Cleary have been saying that there are a lot of rats around the area,” he said.

“There are bags of rubbish being dropped in behind the shrubbery along the walkway. It is very overgrown, so much so that if you’re walking it and someone is coming against you, you’d nearly have to stand aside.

“It’s a major artery route to get onto the N20 to Limerick but the amount of rubbish is a huge concern. There is domestic waste, including nappies and there is no wonder that there are rats.

“Lots of local residents use the walkway to get across to Blackpool and to the shopping centre. You can imagine the fright they’d get to see the rats that are down there. It’s a health hazard, you’d nearly need your pants tucked into your shoes to walk it safely.

“I will be bringing this matter to the environment committee of Cork City Council,” he added.

The bypass was opened to alleviate traffic going through Blackpool’s Watercourse Road and Thomas Davis Street in 2001 and effectively split the area in two. It is classed as a national primary road and its maintenance is managed directly by TII.

Large amounts of dumping is also taking place at Corkeran’s Quay just across the road in the heart of Blackpool. The Echo found scores of rubbish bags dumped on a derelict patch of land, metres from Watercourse Road.

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