Council brings action against owners of former bakery site over asbestos

A CITY HALL has initiated legal action against the owners of a former bakery site for allowing material including asbestos to be stored on it.

Cork city manager Joe Gavin has confirmed that the council’s law department is in the process of instigating legal proceedings against the owners of the former Keating’s Bakery on the Tramore Road which has lain derelict for several years.

It is located just a few hundreds yards from Munster Rugby’s Musgrave Park as well as an industrial estate and a large residential area.

Cllr Mary Shields questioned the manager on the issue at the last council meeting.

Mr Gavin said the legal action was being taken under Section 14 and Section 32 of the 1996 Waste Management Act.

Section 14 allows a local authority take action where there may be a risk of environmental pollution arising from the carrying on of an activity at a premises.

Section 32 deals with the collection and movement of waste.

The original bakery firm traded for many years in Cork city, and moved from Coburg Street in the 1970s to Tramore Road, taking over a former shoe factory.

The business went into receivership in 1987, and Keating’s bakeries in Kanturk invested and it ran again with Fitzgerald family involvement up to 1997 when production ceased.

The 1.7-acre site has had a long and complex planning history since.

The Keating family applied to develop residential projects on the site, but one was refused by An Bord Pleanála following third party appeals in 2003, while a subsequent proposal in 2005 was withdrawn just before Christmas.

The site was sold soon afterwards to Frinailla Developments which in turn lodged plans to develop the site.

The most recent application from Frinailla, for five apartment blocks ranging in height from one to five storeys to facilitate the development of 96 residential units and a crèche, was granted in 2007 following an appeal to An Bórd Pleanala.

However, building work has yet to start.

Frinailla Development could not be contacted for comment yesterday. Its office was closed for the builders’ holidays.

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