31 August 2020
By Tom Collins
North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has welcomed the allocation of over €6.6m to Cork County Council for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaption measures in Cork County.
Cllr. O’Shea said the funding has been made available under the Government’s Jobs Stimulus Plan and is part of the overall €115 million package for sustainable transport and the renewal of our transport infrastructure.
Commenting on the funding for County Cork, Cllr. O’Shea said: “The Active Travel grant scheme is a very positive initiative which will see communities across Cork County benefiting from improved and more accessible walking and cycling infrastructure as well as stimulating local employment. Just over €5m of works have been approved under this Scheme for Cork County”
The projects included in the Scheme approved today for North Cork can make a real difference to people – footpaths and walkways that allow children to walk/cycle to school and to local sport clubs; the dishing of footpaths and pedestrian crossings that improve access to local amenities and links to public transport, and improvements to town and village centres that will support our hard hit retail and hospitality sectors.
A total of €1.6m is being made available for climate change adaptation measures under the Department’s regional and local road maintenance and renewal grant programme.
Projects approved under the Active Travel and Climate Change Adaption measures are as follows:
- Additional seating and landscaping around Mallow Boardwalk & Town Park – €80,000
- Extension to path/cycleway along banks of Blackwater in Mallow Town – €200,000
- Continuation of footpath works in Dromahane – New & widening of footpaths – €8,000
- Repair to existing footpaths in Bluepool Upper, Kanturk – €24,000
- New footpath to improve accessibility from town centre to residential areas – €6,400
- Widen and install new footpath from village to community centre, creche & GAA grounds in Ballydesmond – €48,000
- Widen and install new footpaths from Town centre to Coolagh Bridge, Newmarket – €32,000
- Installation of pedestrian crossing to facilitate crossing to Community Park & Playground in Bweeng – €30,000
- Provide new footpath in order to improve accessibility from town centre to amenities – €24,000
- Protection measure for Longfield Embankment, near Mallow – €35,000
- Drainage works at Island, Burnfort – €70,000
- Additional drainage in Ballydesmond village – €32,000
- Flood prevention measures in Charleville – €40,000.
Cllr. O’Shea added “The recent severe weather has again highlighted the challenges presented by climate change on our road infrastructure. The Climate Change Adaptation grants now being provided will help Cork County Council to deal with the essential repairs needed in the aftermath of the severe weather but also to take steps towards making their road networks more resilient in the longer term.