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Heritage Regeneration Plan For Passage West

Writes Leo McMahon

 

Passage West has been allocated €50,000 towards producing a heritage led regeneration plan for the town.


The application for this by the county council’s architect’s department was successful, reported Municipal District (MD) officer Denise Kidney at the recent meeting of the county council’s MD. The project team was currently seeking a tender for a consultant for the plan.


‘The funding from the Heritage Council under the 2024 Heritage Towns Initiative towards a regeneration plan will identify opportunities to improve the appearance of Passage West and bring derelict building back into use’, she stated.


‘The plan will identify opportunities to enhance and nurture the town’s attractive waterfront setting and rich architecture with emphasis on regenerating its historic town centre to increase the attractiveness of the town, vibrancy and sense of pride for the community,’ Ms Kidney added.

This was welcomed by Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) and fellow members.


Ringaskiddy Scheme

Ms Kidney reported that there was a dedicated team working on the Ringaskiddy Public Realm Enhancement Scheme as advanced works to the M28 project.  Councillors were shown the new detailed design by the project team following feedback from public consultation at a recent public meeting in Ringaskiddy Community Centre last December.


Arising from a motion from Cllr D’Alton at the previous meeting, the MD officer said a response was awaited from the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) about plans to maintain the Martello Tower at Ringaskiddy.



Senior executive officer Maurice Murphy said he and the council’s tourism section recently held a meeting with the consultants procured by Failte Ireland for the Cork Harbour Tourism Plan who were putting together a list of groups and stakeholders that could benefit. The Martello Tower could be one of these.


He added that a lot of work was being done in the background by the consultants and he invited councillors to contact him with prospective groups for passing on. Councillors would be consulted when this was done. The proposed plan had the backing of both the city and county councils, the Port of Cork and other stakeholders but it was important to get community groups involved.

In reply to Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF) he said it would consider slips, landing points and amenities and try to establish who was responsible for such infrastructure. Cllr D’Alton also stressed the need to provide for more boat storage.


Replying to Cllr D’Alton, Ms Kidney said the damage to the bridge and wall at the end of Raffeen village near dwellings was not covered under the funding the council received resulting from Storm Babet in October but she would see what available funds, if any there might be in the MD.



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