Councilor Danny Collins
I had a most enjoyable cultural evening and had the opportunity to attend 2 events.
I want to commend the council and the wonderful creators, artists and performers in the county who have organized events and activities and spread culture throughout the county.
It’s a favorite of the social calendar, and long may it continue.
One of the events I attended was the culmination of 4 years of work by the Skibbereen Heritage Center team.
I draw your attention to this because Stories of the Revolution, a collection of over 800 essays collected from 823 children, can be browsed and searched digitally thanks to Cork County Council.
I read some of the essays online and really enjoyed them.
The book that accompanies it is “Stories of the Revolution Little Stories – Big Story”.
I had a very busy day recently and was driving across the county to officially open and kick off projects that were the culmination of years of planning and work.
I officially opened the Macroom fire station; a new state-of-the-art building designed by Cork County Council staff.
It’s a fantastic addition to Macroom, a great base for our firefighters who carry out essential work and above all serve the community when called upon.
Sustainability has been a key driver in the development of Macroom Fire Station.
Cork County Council is a partner in the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, the grassed areas around the fire station will be managed to support wildlife and pollinators.
Rainwater will also be collected and stored in a large attenuation tank.
Renewable energy has been integrated into the design, photovoltaic panels and an air-source heat pump for hot water and space heating, make the building cost effective.
The building complies with Part L Nearly Zero Energy Building standards.
Next stop was Water-Rock to mark the start of new development under the government’s Local Infrastructure Housing Enabler Fund (LIHAF), near Midleton.
Cork County Council has worked proactively over a long period with landowners, government agencies and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage using LIHAF funding to deliver this important infrastructure project, providing new routes and services worth €8.5 million.
The site, comprising 160 hectares, has been zoned to provide a three-phase mixed-use development that will eventually include 2,500 residential units, three schools, a neighborhood center, a train station and parks. This is great news for East Cork.
I was very happy to support #MakeWayDay, the trails are for everyone and make it safe to get from place to place. We must be considerate of all users and keep them away from obstacles. The citizens of County Cork have an excellent reputation for looking after each other in their communities. Make sure the trails you travel are barrier-free for all users.