Housing developments on an unprecedented scale have resulted in a dramatic population increase at Ballinacurra in recent years.
It is a popular commuter base for people working in Cork city but according to local independent councillor Ted Murphy, the east Cork village stands as a monument to Cork County Council neglect.
“It is”, he says, “the most neglected village in county Cork and is an insult to the people living there.”
Cllr Murphy told a meeting of Midleton Town Council that he had recently attended a public meeting there to discuss the absence of urgently needed facilities and the local authority’s neglect of the village was strongly criticised.
“Many footpaths are an absolute disgrace and work on replacing them, which was to have been started eight years ago, has not been done,” said cllr Murphy.
He described the state of the roads as appalling and estimated that last year he had counted 220 potholes throughout the village.
Local people were not prepared to endure “this intolerable situation,” he said.
“Cork County Council has disgracefully downgraded this village with money being taken out of it and nothing being pumped back in.”
According to the councillor, the villagers were adamant that “enough is enough” and were prepared to initiate a series of public protests to highlight the situation.
He said the popularity of Ballinacurra is reflected in the number of housing developments in the area.
“The chronic lack of proper infrastructural facilities and even ordinary basic maintenance is a damning indictment of that local authority’s neglect of the village,” said cllr Murphy.
He was supported by fellow councillors who unanimously backed his call for the county council to “take a serious look” at the prevailing situation in Ballinacurra and take the “appropriate measures” to redress it.