Call for council to block Tarry Path

Call for council to block Tarry Path

Rubbish dumped on the Tarry path between Avonmore park and Ballinderry park, Mayfield. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

CORK City Council should consider blocking access to the Tarry Path to combat antisocial behaviour in the area.

That is the message from one local councillor, who said residents have suffered for long enough.

The area has been plagued with issues in recent years, with windows in many of the homes in Lagan Grove, which backs on to the Tarry Path, repeatedly smashed by groups gathered nearby.

Illegal dumping, littering and underage drinking have all been reported as issues, too.

In September, officials at City Hall confirmed that they are considering constructing infill housing on the Tarry Path as a long-term solution to the persistent issues.

The construction of the new homes would also serve as a boost to the city’s housing stock, which remains in high demand with some 4,611 eligible applicants on the waiting list as of the end of November 2017.

However, locals claim that short-term resolutions are also needed in the interim as the housing development is likely to take a number of years to come to fruition.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Cunningham said that it may be necessary to block access to the path entirely to solve the problems.

He said: “The issues with the Tarry Path are a medium to a long-term problem. While infill housing is a solution to be welcomed, it won’t solve the problems these residents face every day. Some of these people are suffering more than others and it has been going on for years. A short-term solution, like reinforced windows or some other sort of window protection, is also needed.

“In fact, it may even come down to blocking access to the Tarry Path entirely while we wait for the housing to be built.”

Speaking at a meeting of Cork City Council, Mr Cunningham recalled the plight of the residents in the area.

He said: “We are talking about broken windows, several times a year. Some of the residents feel they are being targeted. These issues have been going on for years and it is not good enough.”

Officials at City Hall backed the call for interim solutions, calling for the environment directorate and the parks department to work toward a short-term fix for the issues while the housing directorate progress long-term options.

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