Plans for a Village Improvement Scheme along the R619 in Drommahane have been warmly welcomed by North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea. The proposed scheme involved a range of public realm works to improve pedestrian connectivity for vulnerable users within the urban environs in Dromahane and to enhance the urban centre for leisure activities.
Such developments by Cork County Council are subject to the Part 8 planning process, which consists of a public consultation process, Cllr. O’Shea said. He encouraged community members in Drommahane to engage in this process. Any submissions received by the Council are considered in the Part 8 Manager’s Report which is prepared and presented to Councillors for adoption.
The proposed developments in Drommahane includes: public realm works including park upgrades and raised traffic table (Russell Place), replacement of existing footpaths, provision of new footpaths, build outs, provision of controlled and uncontrolled pedestrian crossings, public lighting upgrade works and related accommodation works.
The proposed project objective of the scheme is to increase the safety of the vulnerable users within the speed limits of the village, which will be accomplished by a mixture of traffic calming within the centre of the village and the provision of both controlled and uncontrolled pedestrian crossings. Furthermore, it is the objective to control vehicular speeds on approaches to the main street with a combination of new wider footpaths and concrete build outs combined with speed ramps/raised table.
According to Cork County Council: “There is a significant residential population living in the environs of the urban area, with potential for further development. There is potential for walking to and from local amenities such as the park, playground, church, school etc. It is important that the required infrastructure is either in place or planning providing the framework for future development work to facilitate this.
“Another feature of the scheme is the public realm works at Russell Place, this will help encourage sustainable development as it creates a more attractive urban centre for the village inhabitants.”
Cllr O’Shea said plans of the proposed development are available for inspection, or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, from now until Friday, May 17th and may be inspected during public opening hours at the Cork County Council office in Annabella, Mallow.
Plans are also available for inspection and to print at www.corkcoco.ie. Submission
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