“A huge influx of camper vans”

By Dan Walsh

As we head into another warm weekend and busy times at the seaside resorts the usual litany of complaints will re-surface. “Cahore was bedlam over the weekend. There was a huge influx of camper vans. They appear to have migrated from Curracloe to Cahore as people got a taste for the beach in the fine weather,” said Cllr Pip Breen.

Cllr Breen was addressing the issue at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council when seasonal seaside sanity pressures were up for discussion.

However, Cllr Mary Farrell said the camper vans were tourists. “We need to welcome tourists and encourage them,” She added that there may be a few motor homes that will not comply completely, but she pointed out that they do spend money and that is important for local tourism.

Cllr Oliver Walsh said that camper vans often get a bad name and he suggested options of parking beside the beach and gave Graiguenamanagh as an example where camper vans are welcome.

Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin said the nettle needs to be grasped and toilet facilities brought into the 21st century. He also sought a community warden for Ballymoney, Courtown and Cahore and wondered if they could be rostered Thursday to Monday as their normal working week!

Cllr Joe Sullivan witnessed jet ski’s, about 12 in number in the water at Courtown last Monday. He said the barriers were a waste of time as tape had been placed over the sensors and the barrier remained up!

Cllr Mary Farrell referred to a barrier at Cahore providing an obstruction to the launch of 8-10 boats by the Sea Angling Club at Cahore and she asked that the system to changed to allow them operate efficiently and safety.

Engineer Gerry Forde thanked the landowners for providing extra parking spaces at Morriscsatle. Regards toilets, he explained that a new style of portable toilet was being trialled at Vinegar Hill in the coming weeks!

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