13 July 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
Labour Local Area Representative[*1] in Cork South Central Peter Horgan has called for a comprehensive traffic management plan for the Blackrock and Ballintemple areas of Cork ahead of three Ed Sheeran concerts next May.
“The latest addition of a third concert is no doubt welcomed by fans across Munster,” said Mr Horgan.
“However, what we need to see now is movement from the authorities to implement a comprehensive traffic management plan for the entire suburb, not just the immediate residential estates to Pairc Ui Chaoimh.”
“We cannot wait until next April to see some sort of plan. All agencies involved must come together in the next number of weeks and start engaging with residents in Blackrock, Mahon, Ballintemple and Ballinlough to ensure that their quality of life is not at a disadvantage during and after these concerts.”
“This is an opportunity for the authorities, hopefully led by City Hall, to show they have the concerns and welfare of all residents in the vicinity of Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Such a long term plan for Such a large scale three day event needs public confidence.”
*1 An ‘Area Representative’ is an unelected person appointed by a political party as their rep on the ground. Many go on to run in statutory elections to become Cllrs.