Pictured above: Members of Dunmanway Community Council discussing the proposed footpath improvement works; L-R Tommy Collins; Cllr Noel O'Donovan; Joe Higgins Pic: George Maguire LIPPA
West Cork Councillor Noel O’Donovan has welcomed the announcement by Cork County Council that €1million is to be made available for the provision of new footpaths and repairs to existing ones.
“This is extremely welcome news, for the first time in quite a number of years a specific budget is finally being made available for restoration of footpaths. I have received countless representations over my three years on Cork County council regarding the poor state of footpaths in some of our towns and villages only to be told that there were no budgets available to carry out any repair works.”
Councillor O’Donovan recently met with members of Dunmanway Community Council to discuss issues of concern within the town and the poor state of the town’s footpaths was one issue that arose from that meeting. “This new funding will be of enormous benefit to towns like Dunmanway and will give local area offices the necessary financial resources to improve the condition of footpaths. Over €20,000 is to be spent upgrading footpaths in some of the worst affected parts of town.
“It is of critical importance that these works are carried out, not only for health and safety reasons with the resulting injuries that can be caused by dangerous footpaths but for a region that has so much to offer from tourism perspective it is imperative that the basic infrastructure in our towns and villages is up to scratch.”
Areas to benefit from the allocation in the Skibbereen electoral area include: Clonakilty €24,955; Dunmanway €29,220; Rosscarbery €4,213; Skibbereen €13,650; Timoleague €1,890; Baltimore €4,213; Drinagh €4,213.