Concerns raised about second application for funeral home in the Grange area

Concerns raised about second application for funeral home in the Grange area
The Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield/Grange, Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

A SECOND application for a funeral home on Grange Road has been lodged with Cork County Council.

The proposed funeral home with an address of Elmwood Lodge, Grange Road, Frankfield, is looking for a change of use from an existing Medical Centre.

The application was submitted on January 24 and a decision is due on March 20.

The facility is in a different location to the first application which was withdrawn following controversy surrounding the traffic and parking in the area.

The second application has been met with mixed views by the local community, according to local Sinn Féin Councillor Eoghan Jeffers.

“While this application is located in a better place than the first application, residents still have concerns.

“The first proposal located across from Grange Park was totally unsuitable, with one of the large concerns being parking which certainly was a problem.”

Mr Jeffers said that the location of the new application was certainly better than the last with the church car park nearby to provide parking, however, local residents fear their estate will also be used for parking.

“Residents in Park Gate have raised with me parking concerns due to their estate being located directly across from the funeral home and they will obviously be affected by this, as they already are with any large funeral.

“I understand their concerns as the estate is very difficult to exit at times and cars being parked on the entrance and exit route would further compound this.”

As well as this, Mr Jeffers said that in its current state the Grange Road was not suitable for a high volume of traffic as would be associated with a development such as this. “The Grange Road is certainly not up to standard to deal with the volume of traffic and the proposed upgrade now looks like it will be delayed even further.”

This area of the road, in particular, is very much lacking in traffic calming and badly needs improvements to pedestrian safety, especially considering that it is one of the busiest points on the road due to the church and the entrance to the largest national school in Munster.

The local councillor said that if this application was to proceed the council would need to prioritize the area for immediate upgrades.

Another aspect to consider is if the location, alongside a church, could lead to a clash of engagements.

“I do believe it is very important that funerals don’t clash. While this may be difficult to achieve its crucial to get it right.

“A situation where a removal is taking place in the proposed funeral home and a removal is coming to the church could cause problems, especially if they are both large in nature.”

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