CALLS have been made to close off a stretch of the Blackrock Marina on weekends to traffic.
The initiative would benefit cyclists and pedestrians and make the entire area safer, according to former Lord Mayor, Cllr Des Cahill.
On each of the last three weekends, a stretch of the Marina has been closed off to cars as part of the Urban October initiative rolled out by City Hall.
From 10am to 2pm each day large numbers of joggers, walkers and cyclists headed into the area, alongside families, who have taken advantage of the open space.
The Fine Gael representative has submitted a motion to Cork City Council calling for the closure to be put in place permanently.
He said: “It is a very well used area; there is often a lot of buggies and cyclists on the road which is bumpy and quite narrow for cars. I don’t see the downside to it. It doesn’t affect any residents in the area.”
A response from City Hall to Mr Cahill’s motion said that the permanent closure will be explored as part of the long-awaited Marina Park development. Clearing work on the park started earlier this year, with city officials previously stating that the next phase of works would start this month.
Mr Cahill said that this timeline is unsatisfactory having previously heard that the road closure would be in place already.
“City Council originally said they would consider the idea with the completion of the Blackrock Village. Stage two of the village has now been completed and I feel it should be done now.”
Mr Cahill said he felt it would be disingenuous to wait until the completion of Marina Park which would take a number of years.
“I think the closure of the road would lead to increased footfall in Blackrock Village and make a lovely amenity much safer.”
The councillor pointed out it does not block off the rowing clubs or the area, and anyone who wants to make their way to and from the city centre can use the Blackrock road.