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Wilton woe: burnt-out car ‘shocking’

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 4:29pm

Calls are being made to clean up an area where a burnt out car was discovered in Cork city.

A resident in the Wilton area said they had found the vehicle partially obstructing a busy walkway near Woodhaven housing estate by the Sarsfield Road roundabout.

“It’s a very popular route, for people walking their dogs and joggers especially,” they told the Cork Independent. “Seeing a burnt out car in the middle of it is shocking to see.”

The area had fallen victim to pollution and antisocial behaviour in recent times, the resident said, with large groups of teenagers drinking there during the weekends.

“In the nearby stream only recently I’ve seen a trolley, a chair and a full refuse bag. There are empty cans and smashed glass around. Not only that but there are picnic benches and bins put up around there that were burnt. Swings that were put up have been cut down. It’s unsightly, and hard to ignore after a while.”

The resident said they feared bad behaviour would escalate in the summer months, when teenagers were off school.

The resident, who preferred to not be named, said they feared bad behaviour would escalate in the summer months, when teenagers were off school.
“Maybe there aren’t enough outlets for them to let off steam, and it’s obviously not only them, but they have to learn to respect their environment, especially where animals and people are concerned,” they said. 
“People dog-walking have complained about the dogs having their feet cut by broken glass, and the stream where ducks and other animals live are being polluted by cans of drink.”
The resident added that there was confusion over who was in charge of the land, which falls between the present city/county boundary line. They said they had received a response from the County Council Executive Engineer Madeleine Healy, who said she was following up with the City Council regarding the situation.
Sinn Féin City Councillor Henry Cremin agreed there was a problem with antisocial behaviour in the area and said he was working hard to have the car removed. “The walkway is now hard enough to get by if you’re an able-bodied person, let alone for people who might be confined to wheelchairs or are elderly now trying to manoeuvre around this car. I’ve never seen this type of carry-on before in that area. It’s sad to see, something has to be done.”
Cllr Cremin said he would be forwarding a motion to City Council to put barriers preventing cars from accessing the walkway, and that the issue would be highlighted at the next Policing Forum in Bishopstown GAA on 28 May.
Fianna Fáil County Councillor Seamus McGrath said he would also be following up on the issue and said he hoped both councils would be able to work together to improve the situation.
An Garda Síochána did not responded to a request for comment as of going to print.

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