Cllr Tom Cunningham: Good Weather Brings Beach Headaches

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has asked people who are frequenting the beach at Clogherhead to be considerate of residents and to look after the beach.

Cllr Cunningham said “The good weather is very welcome as are the crowds who come to our beautiful Blue Flag beach, but unfortunately that brings its own headaches.”

The issue was raised a few weeks ago about parking in the area and unfortunately it hasn’t improved. The problem is when vehicles are heading to the beach down Crooked Street/Strand Street. It is a narrow enough road without having cars parked on both sides effectively making it a very narrow one way street.

The worrying thing about this is a health and safety one. If there is an emergency on that street, emergency services would be unable to reach the incident in a timely manner. “This week”, Cllr Cunningham said “there was a fire on that road and thankfully the fire occurred during the week when traffic was light. If it had happened at the weekend then property would surely have been lost.”

Cllr Cunningham raised the issue at this month’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting and was supported by the Superintendent who shared his concerns. “The problem is that the Gardaí don’t have the manpower to stand at the road to the beach and direct traffic. They are, however, sending a report to the Council. I have since raised it again with Ardee Municipal Council and various options were discussed, bollards and a one way system being two of them. In the meantime, I have asked the Council to erect extra signage to advise motorists that there is extra parking nearby and not to be causing an obstruction on the road.”

Another headache that comes with the good weather is the litter being left behind at Clogher beach. Cllr Cunningham said “we are very proud of our Blue Flag Beach and I would ask that all visitors to the beach respect it and leave it as they find it. There has been an increase in plastic bottles/containers being left behind and in fairness to some, they have tried to bin their rubbish but unfortunately the bins aren’t being emptied regularly enough and rubbish is being left beside the bin.”

Cllr Cunningham has asked that if “you find the bin full and you have plastic bottles then please bring them home with you. I know it’s not ideal, adequate bins should be provided, but please don’t leave your rubbish behind you either on the beach or beside the bins. We all know the danger of plastics in our seas and oceans so I am asking people to be responsible and respectful of the beach and of Clogherhead. In the meantime, everyone is welcome to enjoy our beautiful village and beach, but leave it as you find it for the next family to enjoy.”