Cork County Council confirmed this week to local Councillor John Paul O’ Shea that budgetary approval has now been sanctioned for remedial works to the rock face at Muddy Hill, Mallow.
Consultants on behalf of Cork County Council have now been instructed to progress the design of the works and procure a contractor to undertake same. It is envisaged works will take place early in the new year. The works involve cladding the rock face with wire mesh rock fall netting.
Part of the car park at Muddy Hill in Mallow has been sealed off since 2014 in the fear that loose rocks would fall from the rock face in the car park. Cllr. O’ Shea said “The Council had no option at the time only to close a section of the car park to the public. This also included the closure of the Grotto inset in the rock face which was developed by the Mallow branch of the Legion of Mary”.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “It has been a difficult time in order to secure appropriate funding for these works and to identify a solution that will work on the remediation of this rock face while also keeping the grotto open to the public, which is an integral part of this area of the town. I want to thank the Executive of Cork County Council for prioritizing these works and I am glad that now an optimum solution has been identified which will hopefully be of benefit to all”.