WORK to complete the long-awaited Carrigaline skate park will begin this week with equipment arriving from Rotterdam over the weekend.
Councillors had expressed concern that the site had been left idle after work was halted due to the production of the parts needed to build the skating ramps.
The site had been described as an “eyesore” by local representatives due to it being dug up in April and the contractor then being unable to continue with the work.
Meanwhile, Carrigaline may get a new public carpark after a land exchange deal was provisionally struck between Cork County Council and discount retailer Lidl.
The German company is expected to eventually demolish its existing store just off the Crosshaven roundabout and move to a new site in the town.
The deal will not cost the local authority anything with Lidl agreeing to fund the construction of the car park at their current store on the Carrigaline Road.
The matter has already been discussed by the Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District.
Local Councillor Seamus McGrath (FF) said the deal could help to significantly ease parking issue in the town.
“Cork County Council has provisionally agreed a deal with Lidl which involves the Council taking over the existing Lidl site in exchange for 2.7 acres approximately of the circus field. As part of the deal, a new public car park will be built on the existing Lidl site.
“As I understand it, the existing supermarket is to be demolished and a new one constructed on the new land acquired by Lidl. This development will require a planning application and approval,” he added.
“Carrigaline does require a long stay carpark so that spaces on the main street and in the Owenabue carpark can be used for shorter times and therefore be more available. While this new carpark isn’t a ‘park and ride’ as such, it can effectively be used as one because it will be available for long stay parking,” he added.
Mr McGrath said the operation of the circus will not be affected.
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