LOCAL residents of Nash’s Boreen are hopeful that the anti-social and criminal behaviour that has blighted the area will improve when it comes fully under the jurisdiction of Cork City Council in 2019.
Currently, Nash’s Boreen, on the north side of the city, is divided between the City Council and County Council and the area has been devastated by illegal dumping and joy-riding. A city boundary extension in 2019 will see the entire area come under the jurisdiction of Cork City Council.
Resident Derry O’Farrell said the situation had become a nightmare for locals.
“There is no one living in the west of Nash’s Boreen, it is all farming land and that is where the real trouble goes on,” he said.
Mr O’Farrell described it as a terrible shame to see the area go downhill but said he hopes it will improve when taken over by Cork City Council. He wants action taken to close off the Hollyhill side of the area, as previously had been the case.
Nash’s Boreen was opened up on the Holyhill side to traffic in recent years and since then there have been repeated dumping and cars abandoned and burned out.
Local Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Nugent said: “We have a fantastic amenity on the doorstep of the city, that people across the north side and further afield can enjoy.
“It is putting the amenity walk, which both the city and the county have put a lot of work into, under threat,” said Mr Nugent.
He said once the area comes under the control of the City Council he will be putting forward a motion to close off the Hollyhill side of the boreen.
“In the context of the boundary extension, the complete area will come under the control of the city council and when that happens I will be putting in a motion to block off the Hollyhill side to traffic and the council can talk to landowners to see if there are alternative options for access,” said Mr Nugent.
“The situation there at the moment is untenable and I think the city council needs to tackle this issue and if that means going to court then let them go to court. We need to get it blocked off, particularly from the Hollyhill side.”