City Hall urged to remove redundant old street furniture

City Hall urged to remove redundant old street furniture
An old electricity pole on the North Gate bridge.

CITY Hall is to be asked to carry out a survey of street furniture and weed vegetation around the city in order to clean up streetscapes and remove hazards for visually-impaired people.

Councillor Kenneth Collins (SF) said he has spotted a number of old electricity poles and signposts around the city which have long been out of use and have been left to rust for years.

Cork City Council has undertaken a number of projects in recent years to improve the public realm in inner-city areas, but Mr Collins said old items of street furniture and weeds need to be removed and reviewed on a regular basis to give a better impression of the city to tourists.

He has cited a former electricity pole on the North Gate Bridge, and overhanging weeds as examples.

“They are an eyesore and should be taken down because we have a beautiful city. They are there for years and a hazard to people who are visually impaired,” he said.

“The one on the North Gate Bridge is a former ESB pole that has been cut off and left there. It’s of no use whatsoever and it is rusting.

“There are a lot around the city. I would be calling on City Hall to carry out a survey of the whole city — north, south and inner city — and take them down. There is no need for them. They have caught my eye on numerous occasions and I have asked for them to be removed and there is nothing being done about it.

“At the moment you have the ESB taking down poles but these ones are just being left there to rot. We also have vegetation hanging over the pillar on the bridge. It doesn’t take much to cut that down and get rid of it or spray it and kill the weeds. It’s a beautiful bridge. It’s the entrance to the Middle Parish from the northside and we just need to be respectful.

“This gives a very bad impression to tourists. You have people using the route a lot to get up to Shandon Street and the tourist bus is often stuck in traffic looking at this. People from outside Ireland looking at this must be wondering why we aren’t taking better care of our cityscape,” he added.

Mr Collins will bring a motion before Cork City Council in the coming weeks asking for the issue to be addressed.

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