Writes Leo McMahon
Useful advice from the county council on how to set up business in South Cork was outlined to members of Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) at their recent meeting. Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF) asked in a motion how potential local businesses could acquire portions of the land at Carrigaline Business Park.
A report back stated: ‘If a person is interested in acquiring a site in the Estuary Business Park in Carrigaline, they should email Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org and will be sent on an application form.
‘The suitability for the park will then be assessed with queries on their proposals and ability to buy and complete the development proposal. Some uses would not be permitted, due to the type of activity, smells, emissions etc, but each is considered on its merits and with due regard to existing occupants.
‘The site is valued by the Property Section through an auctioneer and if agreement is reached, the councillors need to approve the sale and then it goes to legal. Planning is obviously needed also.
‘There are significant levels of interest in purchases as present but to be noted that the greatest barrier to any sale is the construction price associated with a development and this has resulted in potential sales being paused or halted,’ the report added.
Cllr Buckley welcomed the reply, adding that she had been contacted by some interested local entrepreneurs. The sites in the Business Growth Zone at Estuary Business and Technology Park are near the Primary Care Health Centre. The council also has 11 small incubator units at the Industrial Estate for mainly start up enterprises and food producers. Enquiries to 021285547.
In response to concerns expressed by councillors earlier this year that resulted in a letter to takeaways and restaurants, MD officer Carol Conway delivered the following report from the litter warden: ‘I carry out my weekly litter patrols of the food premises in Carrigaline. I have not come across any issue in relation to litter and the areas in question have been mostly litter free since I started my patrols of the locations.
‘The area office also informed me that no new issues have arisen since these letters were issued and that the premises in question have not come to their attention since I started my patrols,’ the litter warden added.
Cllr Jack White (FG) and other members welcomed this positive development and he also passed on thanks from Carrigaline Tidy Towns.