Narrow road

The closure in June of the narrow road to Ballyrisode will improve access

THE narrow road to one of West Cork’s most popular and prettiest beaches will be closed for most of June to allow for road widening works.

But advisers insist that, when completed, the road widening works will make Ballyrisode Beach more accessible this summer.

For months, members of the West Cork Municipal District have complained about the lack of access and that residents often find themselves locked in their homes because beach attendants’ cars block the road.

Cllr Ross O’Connell (SD) and Cllr Danny Collins (Ind) both welcomed the closure which saw the road closed last week to facilitate construction. It will remain closed until the scheduled completion date, Sunday June 27.

Cllr O’Connell said The south star that cars will now be able to park properly; and that paramedics and doctors will be able to access the beach.

“The Ballyrisode scenes last summer were worrying to say the least,” he added. “Fortunately, the road will be improved before another summer vacation.”

On a related topic, Cllr O’Connell said it was worrying that proposals to expand the Barleycove Beach parking lot were rejected, but at least the wheels are on.

All Council members have called for an upgrade of West Cork tourist attractions and their facilities, including the provision of toilets.

“It’s great to finally see our words turn into action,” said Cllr O’Connell, who thanked the Council officials who approved the work at Ballyrisode.

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