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    Kinsale set for town centre makeover - West Cork Times

    kinsaletownKINSALE town centre is set for major improvements with the news that plans are being finalised for Cork County Council to purchase the car park between Pier Road and Long Quay.

    It has been a long-term aim for the council to purchase the underdeveloped car park in the heart of the town centre that is currently owned by NAMA, and West Cork Times understands that plans for the purchase are now nearing completion.

    Proposals for the car park will include dedicated bus bays; part of a plan to address major road safety and traffic congestion problems in the town centre caused by buses having to drop and pick up passengers in the middle of the street.

    In a separate development, moves to relocate the “Great Wall of Kinsale” sculpture which has been located on Pier Road for almost 20 years are also gathering momentum.

    Local county councillor Kevin Murphy has proposed relocating the sculpture to a less central location.

    “We are not talking about removing it altogether,” he said, “just moving it somewhere it will be less of a target for vandalism and graffiti,” he told West Cork Times.

    “It is very expensive to maintain it and keep it clean and unfortunately it has become a bit of a magnet for vandalism too,” he said.

    Cllr Murphy said that from talking to people in the town he felt there was widespread support for the idea of relocating the sculpture.

    “It’s been there a long time and a change of scenery every once in a while is not a bad thing anyway,” he said.

    Cllr Murphy said there had been widespread support for the idea on social media with the Bowling Green a popular choice for an alternative location.

    “At the end of the day it will be up to the people of Kinsale to decide what to do about it,” he said, “so we need to hear the views of as many people as possible”.

    Meanwhile, Tánaiste Joan Burton also paid a visit to Kinsale recently where she met with representatives from the local chamber and tourism bodies.

    New chamber chairman Tomás O’Brien told West Cork Times, “We had a very good discussion and of particular importance were our concerns about the future of Cork Airport. Joan Burton agreed to raise the issue with the Transport Minister and the Taoiseach. The development of the airport is not only vital for Kinsale but also for West Cork and indeed the whole south west of Ireland,” he said.

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