Public access to wreck on Cork beach to be restricted further

Cork County Council in Ireland was set to introduce a number of new safety measures that would prevent public access to the wreck of the vessel Alta at Ballyandreen Bay, Ballycotton.

The authority plans to erect 280 metres of fencing alongside the cliff, to reinforce cliff walk fencing in order to discourage and prevent the public from accessing the foreshore. Also introduced will be lockable pedestrian gates, with warning signs placed at numerous locations surrounding the wreck.

There were potential difficulties in accessing the area where fencing is required and suggested a potential zipline from the clifftop immediately above the works area to drop material down.

The fencing will be coated in anti-climb paint, while the pedestrian gate shall have a shooting bolt and an anti-vandal shroud covering and protecting the padlock for the gate.

The wreck is gradually breaking up on site, but it has become a destination for sightseers. It has also attracted anti-social behaviour and fires.

The cliff pathway is in private ownership, but is accessed by members of the public. While the works are ongoing, no member of the public or landowner should be able to access the works area.

In June 2022 Ireland’s Department of Transport had commissioned a report on the risks to the health and safety of the public posed by the wreck of the ‘Alta’. It also sought to establish the stability and potential for further deterioration of the vessel and any associated risks.

The works will be completed early in 2023.