Major Funding Announcement For Ballygarvan Village.
Ballygarvan village is set to benefit from €85,000 in funding to progress traffic calming and safety improvement projects in the community.
Local Councillor Ben Dalton O’Sullivan who announced the funding on Monday said that the funding was “Major News for the Community”.
“I’m delighted to see this large amount of money allocated for Ballygarvan Village. Since being elected in May 2019, I have been fighting every day in County Hall for funding of this level for the village. The €85,000 will aim to progress both the traffic calming scheme and the installation of a pedestrian crossing near the bridge” said the Independent Councillor. Cllr Ben Dalton O’Sullivan has been continuously raising the need for funding to progress the vital projects at Ballygarvan Village through Carrigaline Municipal District meetings and Southern Committee meetings in County Hall.
Under the allocation of funding which was secured under the 2021 Safety Improvement Scheme, €50,000 will be allocated to the traffic calming scheme and the remaining €35,000 will be allocated to a new pedestrian crossing which will be installed adjacent to the newly widened bridge in the village.
Cllr Ben Dalton O’Sullivan continued by saying; “This is fantastic news for the community, residents and businesses in Ballygarvan. The traffic calming project has been talked about for years, and finally things are now happening. This is very positive news for the village. I’m delighted with the news”.
The Independent Councillor noted however that the funding can only be brought into use when a small land deal is finalised in the village which is vital in order to progress both projects. “Everything that can be done from the County Council side of things has been done, we now have the funding, we are nearly ready to progress now”.
Welcoming the announcement, the Chairman of Ballygarvan Community Association Tim Savage said; “I’m delighted to see this large allocation of money for the village and the wider community. This is positive news and I’m very hopeful that this project can progress as soon as possible.”
Speaking to The Carrigdhoun Newspaper, the Secretary of Ballygarvan Community Association, Elaine O’Regan said; “We welcome the allocation of funding however it’s now vitally important that the land negotiations are finalised to ensure the work is completed. Our village is long overdue these critical works and we have been pressing for progress. We thank all who supported us, especially Cllr Ben Dalton O’Sullivan who has always championed the needs of the village.”
Cllr Ben Dalton O’Sullivan has said he will continue to raise the issue at Cork County Council to ensure progress can be made as soon as possible.