Ballinamore’s Municipal District Councillors have called for the Council to seek an urgent solution to a dangerous pier at Keeldra Lake near Cloone.
The popular swimming lake has been the location for swimming lessons every Summer for many years but questions are now being raised about the possibility of using the lake this year as the pier has deteriorated to the point where it is no longer considered safe.
Speaking at the first Ballinamore Municipal District meeting last week, Cllr Martin Kenny raised the matter noting that there were supposed to be swimming lessons at the lake in less than three weeks and the current condition severely jeopardised the use of this water body, not just this Summer, “but for the rest of this year”.
His call for urgent action was backed by Cllr John McCartin who said that he had inspected the pier in October last year and had asked the Council, at that stage, to either repair the concrete or replace the pier with a floating jetty.
“At the time I was told that the jetty would be examined and assessed for repair, but nothing has been done,” he said.
Cllrs Caillian Ellis and Paddy O’Rourke also stressed the urgency of the situation.
It is understood that the Council has been seeking quotations for replacement of the wall and the construction of a floating jetty.
“We are looking at getting the matter resolved as soon as possible,” said Senior Council Engineer, Shay O’Connor.
He acknowledged that the pier was ‘seriously eroded’ and stressed that the Council are examining all options.
At present warning signs have been erected on the impacted concrete jetty to keep members of the public out of the area.