Writes Leo McMahon
Ringaskiddy has been allocated €100,00 under the 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme for works to renovate and refurbish its community centre, the recent meeting of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) was told.
MD officer Noelle Desmond reported that works would include improving energy efficiency, replacing windows, improving access and upgrading the floors and kitchen. The council would assist in implementing the project in conjunction with Ringaskiddy and District Residents’ Association.
She stated that a second meeting with Ringaskiddy residents was held on November 5th to progress plans for the scheme as well as plans for the €1million Community Gain Fund arising out of the planning permission to the Port of Cork to relocate its container activities to the Lower Harbour.
‘MD staff are liaising with council architects to progress public realm enhancement plans. It’s expected that site surveys will commence shortly to allow for a detailed design. MD staff hope to meet with Ringaskiddy residents again before the end of the year to agree the plans’, Ms Desmond added.
Cathaoirleach Seamus McGrath (FF) had a motion requesting the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and Irish Water to actively engage with the council to examine how proposed development works by the IDA on a site adjacent to Coolmore Cross may help to progress a sewage connection for properties along the R613.
He said it was a key issue at a recent briefing with the IDA because a cluster of dwellings bordering the site were not picked up under the major Cork Harbour Main Drainage Scheme and residents were very disappointed. The treatment plant for the scheme is at nearby Shanbally.
Seconding, Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) said residents were hard done by and she felt sorry for them. They watched the construction of the scheme, endured the dirt and mess and their road being cut off at times. While told there was a technical complication in connecting, she believed it could be overcome for a small added cost.
On a proposal by Cllr D’Alton, it was agreed that the MD would make a submission on the IDA planning application for works near Coolmore Cross requesting provision of sewer connections to the properties. Cllr McGrath also suggested the MD write to the IDA and Irish Water and this was agreed.
Cllr D’Alton enquired about traffic calming proposals for Coolmore Cross. The matter was also raised previously by Cllr Liam O’Connor (FG).
Senior executive engineer Madeleine Healy replied that the speed survey was completed and the council was in the process of relocating a speed recording sign there from Church Road closer to Carrigaline for at least three months.
She added that she got a lot of requests for speed activated signs in other places in the area from councillors and the public and when surveys were completed, would come back to the MD with the list for discussion.
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