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O'Keeffe: “Potholes like craters”

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:58pm

A Cork councillor is urging “swift and comprehensive action” on a derelict site in the Mahon area.

Fianna Fáil councillor Nicholas O’Keeffe raised the issue during this week’s Cork City Council meeting.

The Cork city south-east ward councillor voiced his concerns about how a derelict pub and its surrounding area has become dilapidated in recent years.

“The Lakelands Bar in the Avenue de Rennes area of Mahon has fallen into dereliction since it last functioned as a pub a number of years ago,” Cllr O’Keeffe told the Cork Independent.

He added: “While there are many shops in the area that are doing well, the surrounding area including the pub and car park have fallen into a very bad state.

"There are potholes the size of craters in the car park giving access to the other shops which are in danger of causing damage. The site has also attracted antisocial behaviour such as the windows of the pub being broken and a fire occurring in the building.”C

Cllr O’Keeffe, who has been in contact with Mahon Community Association over the matter, continued: “There is growing resentment among the community that it's is bringing down the area which is otherwise thriving.”

Councillor O’Keeffe said he was seeking quick action from Cork City Council including establishing who the private owners in the area in question were and what could be done to clean up the site.

Mr O’Keeffe received a response from the Corporate and External Affairs Department of the Council at Monday’s meeting stating that a strategic review was currently taking place.

The council, he says, committed to establishing ownership and deciding on a course of action to take before the end of the year.

“I welcome the review and the decision of the council regarding what is needed by the end of the year,” he said.

He added: “But once the review is done then a timeline is needed. We need to move quickly on this; swift and comprehensive action needs to be taken.”

Regarding what could be done to clean up the site, O’Keeffe concluded by saying: “The Mahon Local Area Plan which was agreed by elected representatives in 2014 detailed some very good ideas regarding what might be possible for the area – open plaza type areas, public lighting, footpaths, even talk of a retail complex area – but right now the bare minimum that needs to be done is to get the area cleaned up.”

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