Cork Southwest Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has confirmed today that the roundabout at Ballinhassig which he terms the Gateway to West Cork is to receive an official makeover ahead of next years tourist season. Following calls from the Clonakilty based TD last year to have the roundabout maintained, Cork County Council CEO Tim Lucey has acknowledged the importance of the roundabout as a first impression of West Cork to thousands of Tourists every year and committed to funding an enhancement and maintenance plan for the area on the approach to West Cork
The news comes about twelve months on since Deputy Daly first raised the issue with Council Management and since then Mr. Daly says he has received ongoing correspondence from constituents seeking updates and requesting him to pursue the matter further.
The Fine Gael TD said this week “I am delighted to have received written confirmation from the Chief Executive of Cork County Council Mr. Tim Lucey, acknowledging the strategic location of this roundabout and committing to including the cost of a long term sustainable solution for the area in the 2016 council budget. The plan will include planting of shrubs and flowers and regular maintenance of the grassed area. This junction is the “Gateway” to West Cork and it has been in a less than satisfactory condition for a number of years. With little effort it could be transformed and offer a real positive welcome to the growing number of tourists that visit West Cork each year”, concluded Deputy Daly.