Community help urged as beaches set for revamp

Several of West Cork’s blue flag beaches are set for a facelift as part of a new initiative.

And communities wishing to get involved, are invited to make a case.

Work has already been carried out at Inchydoney Beach under the scheme, where the West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) contributed about €183,000 to landscaping at Virgin Mary’s Point.

The work was carried out in partnership with the Inchydoney Lodge and Spa Hotel.

Work has also begun on a renovation project at the Warren beach in the village of Rosscarbery.

Meanwhile, WCDP is in negotiations with locals at Tragumna Beach, about an upgrade of facilities.

“We are happy to talk to other communities who are interested in upgrading their beaches,” said Ian Dempsey, chief executive of WCDP.

“We look at it on a project-by-project basis. All of these beaches are located along the proposed Wild Atlantic Way and we decided on this project largely because of the beaches’ extremely high amenity value.

“The opportunity has been presented to enhance the physical environment and put appropriate facilities such as parking, toilets, and appropriate landscaping in place.”

The first phase of the Warren, costing in the region of €74,000, involved the reorganisation and re- structuring of car parking facilities and landscaping.

The next phase involves the provision of new toilets and washroom facilities, a lifeguard station, and a boardwalk.

“This is a very sensitive site — there are lots of long-standing established walks, so we are including boardwalk-type walking zones around the dunes to protect the habitat,” said architect Stephen Smith of Edge Architecture firm.

“The whole scheme is very sensitive. The idea is to blend in with the surrounding landscape in a sustainable manner.”

* For more information, contact WCDP on 023 8834035.

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