Over 400 residents in the Oliver Plunkett Hill area of Fermoy have signed a petition to reinstate bollards on a laneway adjacent to Shinnick’s Spar leading to the rear entrances of McDermott Place and the entrance of Marian Square leading to St Joseph’s National School, in the interest of health and safety.

The bollards have been removed as part of the ongoing junction improvement work at Beechfield Junction. This has provoked strong opposition from local residents who fear that allowing vehicles to use this laneway alongside pedestrians will lead to a serious accident.

Cork County Council said this week that they expect a resolution to the issue.

The original plan for enhancement works at the junction did not include for removing of the bollards, though a Part VIII planning (public consultation) was carried out and a submission from the owner of Shinnick’s Spar was taken onboard by Cork County Council, who included a measure to remove the bollards and allow access through the laneway for loading and unloading purposes.

The final report on the junction was then approved by Fermoy Municipal Authority members.

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