Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.30 12 Apr 2019


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A plan to build a pier in Cobh, Co Cork to mark where the Titanic docked in 1912 has been rejected.

Titanic Experience Cobh Limited was granted permission by Cork County Council last September to erect a pedestrian walkway and viewing platform.

The structure would have been a steel and glass pedestrian deck to allow visitors to view the remains of the pier at Cobh, where passengers embarked on the ship.

The project included a ticket office kiosk located in the People's Park, next to the Titanic Experience Visitors Centre.

But concerns were raised about the position of the kiosk, the impact on sea views and the effect on the public park in the town.

The decision was appealed by a number of groups, including the Cobh (Great Island) Historic Preservation Group.

They have welcomed the decision by An Bórd Pleanála to uphold the appeal.

A spokesperson said that the decision was a "vindication" of their active opposition over the past two years.

Activists had held weekly information stalls in Cobh town centre, and collected thousands of signatures from members of the public.

Titanic Pier A photograph circa 1912 of the four-funnelled ship the RMS Titanic. She sank off Newfoundland on her maiden voyage to the USA after striking an iceberg - 1,513 people lost their lives | Image: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

"We are delighted that Bórd Pleanála has rejected this development which would have been seriously detrimental to the beautiful visual amenity of Cobh and its 150-year-old town park and could also have set a very worrying precedent for the possibility of further for-profit development in our town park".

"We reject claims that our opposition to this planning application was in any way responsible for the deteriorating state of the former White Star Pier.

"Our objection was never to the restoration of this pier but to the development of a for-profit access kiosk and walls inside the town park," they said.

The Titanic Experience Cobh is located in Casement Square, in the original White Star Line ticket office.

Some 123 people were the final passengers to join Titanic at her last port of call in Cobh - which was then named Queenstown.

Main image: An impression of the proposed Titanic Pier | Image: James Bourke Architects


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