Plans for library and playground confirmed
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.”