Plans for li­brary and play­ground con­firmed

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

Cork County Coun­cil of­fi­cials have con­firmed that they have plans in place to pro­vide the peo­ple of Ban­don with a new play­ground and li­brary.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion has been granted for the play­ground, on land owned by Cork Marts, next to the Mul­tiUse Games Area and skatepark. Of­fi­cials said Ban­don Play­ground Group will be ad­vanc­ing the play­ground’s next phase of de­sign and de­vel­op­ment and will be sup­ported through­out by Cork County Coun­cil.

The coun­cil says it will also look at the old play­ground site, be­hind the for­mer town hall, with a view to en­hanc­ing the amenity as a space for all.

Plans are also un­der way for a new li­brary in the town cen­tre, at St Patrick’s Place. The cur­rent li­brary is housed in Ban­don Shop­ping Cen­tre, but is lack­ing in space.

The new li­brary will ad­dress this, with room for a larger book col­lec­tion cater­ing for all ages and tastes; a lo­cal his­tory col­lec­tion; and greater room for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment through meet­ings, ac­tiv­i­ties, and events.

County coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Lucey wel­comed An Bord Pleanála’s de­ci­sion: “This town cen­tre de­vel­op­ment, to­gether with the news that a new play­ground site has been se­cured, is a fur­ther pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment, reaf­firm­ing Cork County Coun­cil’s sig­nif­i­cant com­mit­ment to the re­build­ing and rein­vig­o­ra­tion of Ban­don town and its busi­nesses, com­mu­nity struc­tures and life. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work closely with all lo­cal stake­hold­ers in re­al­is­ing our am­bi­tious vi­sion for the town and its re­gion.”

The projects were also wel­comed by Ai­dan Lom­bard, chair­man of Ban­don/Kin­sale Mu­nic­i­pal District: “To­gether with the new foot­bridge and weir, this re­ju­ve­na­tion will of­fer an ex­cep­tional va­ri­ety of ser­vices and a bet­ter qual­ity of life for com­mu­ni­ties across Ban­don.”

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