14 December 2017
By Bryan Smyth
Cloyne has recently undergone a number of public infrastructure improvements, culminating in the opening by Cllr. Susan McCarthy, Cathaoirleach of the East Cork Municipal District (MD) of Cork County Council, of the public car park on Water Street.
The works were funded by the Council’s Village Enhancement Fund. The fund was created in response to the wishes of Councillors to offer similar investment and support for key villages, as provided for in main towns through the Town Development Fund.
Members of the East Cork MD unanimously approved the awarding of €62,500 under the Village Enhancement Fund to Cloyne, in recognition of the commitment of Cloyne District Community Council and the efforts of volunteers.
For many years the entrance to Cloyne, along River Street, was blighted with derelict houses on both sides of the road. Over time these properties were acquired by Cork County Council and demolished. Cloyne District Community Council created a community garden on the western side of the street adjacent to the former National School with the remaining part of the site used as a temporary unsurfaced car park.
Across the road the GAA developed a new facility which includes a playground provided by the Cloyne District Community Council. The Council developed a relief road, connecting River Street with the R629, east of the town centre, creating an opportunity for residential development on the adjoining ‘backlands’.
The surfacing and lining of the car park, providing drainage and kerbing, further enhances this approach to Cloyne and completes many years of hard work and improvements by Cloyne and District Community Council in partnership with Cork County Council and others.
Cork County Council, through the East Cork MD, is pleased to support Cloyne District Community Council’s work on behalf of the community, fund the completion of the car park and other enhancements through planters, heritage information signage, bins and painting of premises, in acknowledgement of their community involvement and dedication to Cloyne over many years.