Writes Leo McMahon
‘Residents are delighted’, said Cllr Ben Dalton-O’Sullivan (Ind) at the monthly meeting of the county council’s Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) on the near completion (at the time of writing) of the 2023 Village Enhancement Scheme (VES) in Ballygarvan.
Work commenced in September and included clearing out of the old green area and the provision of new kerbing, new ornamental planting and hedging and dressings of gravel or fine bark at two locations. There was a strong emphasis on biodiversity in the project including a new timber bus shelter and seating and bee-friendly planting in the two locations where work was carried out by local contractor Pavilion Garden Centre on behalf of the council, who will maintain the areas with the help of Ballygarvan Community Association.
Cllr Dalton-O’Sullivan also welcomed the installation ramps to help reduce speed at entrances to Ballygarvan and requested more further out from the village centre, more footpaths and a controlled pedestrian crossing on a main road (R613) linking Ringaskiddy port and Carrigaline to West Cork that is set to get busier. He also asked that Waterfall be considered for a VES in 2024.
Responding to a report from MD officer Denise Kidney, Cllr Dalton-O’Sullivan also thanked the council for providing lit Christmas lights in Fivemilebridge and Ballygarvan saying these gave a positive first impression to any new visitor heading to West Cork from Cork Airport.
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