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Cobh is mentioning the Port move ->

A public meeting was held on 17/12/07 in relation to the Port of Cork’s proposed move from Tivoli to the Oyster bank at Ringaskiddy.
Over 100 residents braved the cold to attend. Port of Cork has applied to develop a huge container port which could result in a 400% increase in their current handling capacity operating 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
A vast area of land is to be reclaimed from the sea that will position the loading and unloading of containers approx. 500 metres from Whitepoint beach. The 70 metre cranes, stacking equipment and vast number of containers will blight the harbour landscape for years to come. It is also unlikely that any new jobs will be created for Cobh as a direct result of this move.
At the meeting large number of residents voiced their concerns about the plans which included the potential noise, light and air pollution, the visual impact on harbour views, the location being so close to Cobh’s residential areas, the 5 foot way, the children’s playground and beach at Whitepoint, the environmental impact on the harbour, the loss of fishing and sailing areas, the negative effects on both the harbour’s tourism potential and on the future economic development of Cobh itself.
At the end of the meeting a unanimous vote against the plan was recorded. Following the meeting, a number of residents have formed a Cobh branch of the Cork Harbour Environmental Protection Association (CHEPA). This group’s mission is to keep Cobh residents informed of the plans and to organise a public response to ensure that the relevant official bodies are fully aware of the negative impacts of this development on Cobh and to encourage people to object before the deadline.
If you would like further information please contact Objections must be submitted to An Bord Pleanala before 28 January 2008. Objections are FREE and should be sent to: An Bord Pleanala, Ref: PA0003 Port of Cork Container Terminal at Ringaskiddy, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.

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