Good turnout at Blarney Joint Policing Forum

More than 30 local residents attended the recent Blarney Joint Policing Forum Meeting plus acting District Officer Garda Gary McPolin, Blarney Community Garda Sean O’Dwyer, Sergeant Fergal O’Donovan, Cork County Council Representative Kevin O’Donovan, Forum Chairman John Henchion and Secretary Kate Durrant, local Cllrs Bob Ryan and Kevin Conway, Blarney Chamber of Commerce Chairman Damian Boylan, Blarney Tidy Towns Chairman Adrian O’Connell, Blarney Vintage Club representative Deirdre Healy, and Blarney Community First Responders John Foley and Michael O’Donoghue. Dara Murphy TD sent apologies. Following the previous forum, Sgt Fergal O’Donovan met with local engineers James Hickey and Evan Moriarty and looked at issues including the footpath on Station Road which is is to be sorted in the short term, with a longer term plan to widen the road; the resurfacing of Castle Close Road to be completed by the end of 2017, a crossing at the end of the walk where an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing is to be effected, with a controlled crossing when funding allows; and continuous white lines on Clogheen (Faggot Hill) and from Tower to Blarney. Parking on Sunberry is to remain as it acts as a natural speeding deterrent, and temporary speed signs are on order and will be used at various sites where speeding is an issue. He also met with the owners of Blarney Woollen Mills, subsequently fencing has been erected around the former BPH site, and signage is to be erected to warn vehicles leaving The Mill onto Castle Close Road Sgt O’Donovan concluded by explaining that a traffic management plan is being undertaken by Cork County Council and our local Gardai. Cllr Conway explained about the problems being caused by Blarney being in several municipal districts, and the need for local councillors to pull together on local issues, he explained that there is currently no engineer in Blarney, which may cause the issues addressed by Sgt O’Donovan to be put on hold. Cllr Ryan explained they had been trying to get the speed limit reduced to 50kmh from the former boys school up Killowen but it has been rejected on more than one occasion. Adrian O’Connell, Chairman Tidy Towns, was thanked for cleaning the road behind polysacks again and he explained that a street cleaning machine was in the process of being purchased in conjunction with Blarney Castle Estate for ongoing road cleaning, Michael O’Donoghue was thanked for trimming trees that were obscuring a dangerous crossing. Issues raised by those in attendance included the lack of a bus stop outside Tim’s shop, overhanging trees on Waterloo Road, the large conifers on the county council land on the Waterloo Road and the bypass were brought up as a safety concern, signage on the Killowen road from the old boys school up, speeding concerns were raised in Kerry Pike, the inappropriate heavy traffic going up Killowen to Courtbrack, flooding (pooling) at Forest Lodge and the entrance to the Business Park, signage by the turn off to Tweedmount, the slope around the opticians on Sunberry where there have been several serious falls, problems with neighbours and dumping, concerns about the forthcoming development behind Monacnappa, and the stop sign at The Gully which is not adhered to. Acting District Officer Gary McPolin thanked everyone for coming and was delighted that most issues raised were community and not criminal. He reminded people to remain vigilant, work with An Garda Siochana, note suspicious activity, take number plates, note details and don’t be scared to pick up the phone, nothing is too trivial. The next meeting will be held on September 18th 2017 at 8pm and all are welcome.