Councillors oppose Port of Cork move

Members of Passage West Town Council are opposing the planned relocation of the Port of Cork from Tivoli to Ringaskiddy.

Members of Passage West Town Council are opposing the planned relocation of the Port of Cork from Tivoli to Ringaskiddy.

They finalised their submission last night.

It will now go forward for consideration to the Critical Infrastructure Board, responsible for the delivery of priority national infrastructure projects.

The councillors cited the inadequate road infrastructure between the South Link Road and Carrigaline as a major difficulty for the proposal.

The visual impact on the surrounding area and possible noise pollution from the port were cited as problems facing the move.

The relocation of the Port of Cork from the city to Ringaskiddy would see the reclamation of 45 acres of land from the sea and the construction of a container terminal and a multipurpose roll-on, roll-off berth at a 190-acre site at Oyster Bank.

The existing public pier would be demolished and replaced to the east of the National Maritime College of Ireland.

The current container terminal at Tivoli reached maximum capacity in 2006, four years earlier than expected.

The submission was prepared by Cllr Marcia D’Alton who is an environmental engineer.

The submission stated the development in Ringaskiddy would be detrimental to other current or potential uses of the harbour.

Cllr D’Alton told her fellow councillors she was surprised at the quality of the information used to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.

“I was surprised at the lack of information in the EIS. For example the assessment used to measure the impact on roads and traffic is a 2005 report which is outdated,” she said.

Cllr D’Alton also said the assessment was based on the N28 — the national primary road which links Cork City to Ringaskiddy — having been upgraded, which hasn’t happened.

The fact there was no assessment carried out on the possible impact on climatic factors of the proposed relocation of the port was also criticised by Cllr D’Alton.

Mayor of Passage West Cllr Dominic Donnelly said: “Cobh will also be making a submission, we will not be alone.”

Denis Healy, the manager of engineering services at the Port of Cork, said: “We have lodged our application and drawn up our Environmental Impact Statement and at the moment submissions are being received. We will wait until all the submissions are in and we will respond to any issues raised at the oral hearing which we expect to be held around the end of March.”

Courtesy of The Evening Echo

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