By Dan Walsh
A North Wexford public representative is calling on Wexford County Council to place greater focus on coastal resorts on sunny weekends following problems that arose last weekend when huge numbers soaked up the sunshine and placed immense pressure on services.
“While it was fantastic to see so many people back on our beaches, living and breathing freely again, we did have problems, mainly due to lack of facilities, infrastructure and enforcement of bye- laws,” said Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin, who added that there was a lovely atmosphere where he spent the afternoon around Clone and Saleen, but Courtown was choc-a- bloc, which is good to see, “but we’re going to have to do something to tackle the littering problem as it was left filthy after the weekend.”
Cllr Ó Súilleabháin told WexfordLocal.com; “Down at Cahore things were chaotic. Jet Skis racing amongst children on the North Beach at dangerous speeds with some users smoking drugs on the shore while taking a break. We had a similar problem with jet skis in Courtown!
“Parking was crazy – chaotic, with cars abandoned everywhere, and local residents barricaded into their homes by cars, and with no access in or out. If an incident occurred on the North or South beach or at the pier on Sunday it would have been simply impossible for emergency services or the lifeboat to access.
“Hundreds of people but with access to just two portable toilets so one can imagine what were the consequences. This is a health issue that must be addressed as a matter of urgency,” he concluded.