Residents’ plea to Sheeran fans to show respect

Residents’ plea to Sheeran fans to show respect

Ed Sheeran is playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Picture: Ian West/PA

RESIDENTS in the south-east of Cork city are pleading with concert-goers to park responsibly and use public transport ahead of this weekend’s Ed Sheeran concerts.

Some 120,000 people will flock to Páirc Uí Chaoimh over three days of concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with one local councillor claiming that locals are facing “three days of lockdown” over the bank holiday weekend.

Stadium management and the event organisers have put together a detailed traffic plan, which includes a number of restrictions around the stadium.

Ed Sheeran Concert preparations, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Ed Sheeran Concert preparations, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Already, barriers are up in a number of areas along Centre Park Road and Monahan Road, as well as the Marina. Access will be maintained for residents and employees in the area for the duration of the events, while designated parking areas have been established for those who may be in need of them.

Local councillor Terry Shannon said a significant amount of work has gone in to preparing the traffic management plan in a bid to minimise the disruption. He said the onus is now on concertgoers to obey the rules and to not cause issues for those living locally.

Gardaí confirmed that some 200 members of the force will be on the beat to tackle traffic and antisocial behaviour, working alongside 700 security personnel, medical professionals and rescue boats.

“People, in general, seem to be happy with the arrangements that have been put in place,” Mr Shannon said.

A number of local representatives said they had been excluded from the consultation process when it came to putting together a traffic management plan.

“We are still somewhat out of the loop,” he added. “It is extraordinary. But, for the most part, people in the local area seem happy enough with what has been put in place.”

Ed Sheeran Concert preparations, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Ed Sheeran Concert preparations, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The Fianna Fáil representative said that it is in the housing estates and residential areas a few minutes away from the stadium where issues have emerged in the past, claiming that some of these residents could be facing “three days of lockdown”.

While concert organisers have been clear in their warnings to motorists not to park in housing estates, Mr Shannon said that this has not always worked when it comes to other major events in the area.

“On Boreenmanna Road and Temple Hill, areas like this, residents have faced significant issues when matches have taken place,” he said.

“There has been indiscriminate parking that has blocked people in houses and, god forbid, if an accident happened, we could be looking at a serious situation as emergency vehicles wouldn’t be able to get through and access estates.

“The work has been done, the warnings have been issued. We will just have to wait and see if it works. The proof will be in the pudding this weekend but, as it stands, we could be looking at three days of lockdown.”

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