CORK city and county councils along with all other local authorities are being warned that they must take seriously the threat posed by invasive plant species Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia Japonica) before it’s too late. The plant establishes itself along roadsides, railways, riverbanks and hedgerows proving to be a driving hazard by blocking sightlines and damaging road surfaces. It can grow through concrete and tarmac causing dangerous and expensive structural damage
A BEACH Prohibition Notice has been issued for Pallas Strand and Bathing Advisories for Trahallan and Traverra beaches on the Beara Peninsula.
INVASIVE species are among the foremost threats to biodiversity in the world, and in Ireland we are not alone in facing the problems of the spread of invasive species. As a response to find out what invasive species there are in Cork. The Cork Branch of the Wildlife Trust is running a project funded by Cork City Council to find out what the level of the problem is. The project
PROPOSALS for a €7 million flood prevention for Clonakilty were unveiled at a public consultation in the town recently. The plans drawn up by the Office of Public Works (OPW) propose flood barrier walls at least 1.1 metres in height to be erected along several streets prone to coastal flooding from the bay side of the town and along the river to the post office.
The coast is clear for West Cork beaches – all blue flags and green coast awards retained in West Cork
DESPITE serious storm damage at a number of locations all of West Cork’s beaches have retained their Blue Flag and Green Coast status this year. The beaches awarded Blue Flags were Garrylucas (Garretstown), Kinsale; Inchydoney; Owenahincha; Barleycove and Tragumna. The Green Coast award winners were Ballyrisode; Dooneen Pier, Kilcrohane; Galley Cove, Crookhaven; Garnish, Beara; Oysterhaven; Ring and Rocky Bay.
June is upon us and so is adjudication for the National Tidy Towns competition. Bantry’s first judging usually takes place early in June, hopefully earning the town a second judging later in the summer. The committee have been working hard painting, planting and completing their two projects in The Square, which will greatly enhance this area.
A FUN filled event celebrating one of our most important but often taken for granted resources, water, will be held in Bantry on June 21st. The event titled Uisce Glan was the brainchild of Catherine Horgan who came up with the idea as a way of emphasizing the importance of clean water.
LOCAL Labour councillor Tomás O’Brien has welcomed news that immediate action has been agreed to resolve water supply issues in Belgooly. “Following site visits and a meeting with Cork County Council adjustments have now been made to the existing pressure filters which have brought the iron & manganese levels below the guideline standards and this should provide short term relief for customers.
FIANNA Fáil local election candidate for West Cork Deirdre Kelly says serious questions remain over the introduction of water charges in the county. Despite the Government signing off on a plan to bring in the new tax in October, details on charges remain vague she said. “What we are now faced with is the introduction of make-shift water charges. Serious questions arise in relation to the Government’s proposed water
ALL of West Cork’s bathing beaches monitored under EU quality standards have been given a clean bill of health by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Barley Cove, Coolmaine, Garretstown, Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Owenahincha and Tragumna were all rated as good while The Warren was rated as sufficient.