Fencing concerns at Courtown Harbour

CLLR DONAL KENNY airing concerns about fencing at Courtown Harbour.

By Dan Walsh

Cathaoirleach of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District, Cllr Donal Kenny, is lamenting the “disappearance of the paling (fence)that could mislead motorists at Courtown Harbour and result in somebody finding themselves in the sea due to misadventure.

He raised the matter with County Council officials at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council held at Wells House and Gardens.

Speaking to WexfordLocal.com today, Cllr Kenny said he had received a number of complaints about the lack of fencing on the sea front where traffic comes onto a T-junction and he is asking Council engineers to consider health and safety best practice.

“There used to be a fence there, but it is gone for a while and it could cause problems for drivers and someone could end up in the sea,” said Cllr Kenny, who acknowledged that some warning signs are existent, but he is asking officials to examine the situation.

Cllr Kenny’s concerns about the Courtown Harbour matter came at Tuesday’s meeting during a discussion on the recent flooding in Gorey district where Cllr Kenny praised the staff and engineer Joanne Kehoe and expressed thanks to them.

Ms. Kehoe said the staff did trojan work clearing leaves and drainage works and working till 10 and 11pm.

Cllr Andrew Bolger referred to flooding in Gorey town and wondered if sandbags could be provided in the future. Cllr Diarmuid Devereux noticed that there is no anti-climate plan for Gorey! Cllr Joe Sullivan said he would like to be associated by the good work done by the Gardaí and the fire service but expressed concerns about shopping trolleys, wheely bins, bicycles and other obstacles impeding the river, particularly at the bridges!

Cllr Pip Breen congratulated the Council staff, Gardaí and Fire Service “for all the good work”. Cllr Mary Farrell agreed and said; “Climate change affects all of us.”

Cllr Anthony Donohoe, Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin and Willie Kavanagh also asked to be associated with the sentiments praising the Council staff and emergency services.  

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