CLEAN UP OF RAW SEWAGE AT FERMOY DEVELOPMENT SITE
The Avondhu last week received reports of raw sewage and litter in the area of the Blackwater Development site, opposite the Nissan Garage in Fermoy. Locals have been complaining about the unsightly scene and the ‘awful smell’ as they pass the new development.
“Raw sewage is coming up through the ground. The smell is very bad at the corner of the bookies office and I reported it to councillors,” a concerned resident told The Avondhu.
The issue has been tackled head on by Fermoy Mayor, Noel McCarthy, who lives near the area and, it seems, that after letters to the owners of the development from the council executive, workers were on site on Monday morning addressing the situation. The site is now clear of sewage, but is still moderately littered.
Mayor McCarthy told The Avondhu: “The council wrote to the owners of the Blackwater Development twice. The council can’t just go in there as this is private property. The rubbish problem was raised at the tidy towns committee meeting. Young people just drive in there at night and leave all this rubbish behind.
"It is not the businesses’ fault, the chip vans across the road or the bookies. FAS workers were cleaning the area, but they were told that they couldn’t do it anymore, as that was private property.”
The mayor said he was ‘very concerned about the situation’.
“I live very close to it and I know that other people were worried as well. It’s frustrating when something like this happens. If it is a private property you need authorisation from the owners and the HSE to do anything.”
The mayor vowed to address the litter problem at the named location and intends to propose a motion during the next council meeting for a barrier effect at both entrances to the site that can be utilised after business hours so that no cars can pull into the parking lot during the night.
“I will ask my fellow councillors to support me in writing to the owners of the property and propose this idea to them,” the mayor concluded.”
Thursday 1st April 6:28pm