Clarification Needed on location of Public Carpark for Rathcoole Park and Woodlands

Shirley O'Hara

Rathcoole Councillor Shirley O’Hara has sought an update from the council executive on the location of the Public Carpark for users of Rathcoole Park.

Cllr O’Hara said “I have sought an update from the Council Executive on the promised plan for a dedicated Public Carpark for users of Rathcoole Park. Although many Rathcoole residents walk from home to Rathcoole Park, this is not possible for everyone. Rathcoole Park is a popular and wonderful amenity. Elderly and disabled residents may need to travel here by car, while it is also used for sports which brings users from further afield. A dedicated Public Carpark has been promised for some time. 

Residents Beechwood and Coolamber have also sought a dedicated public carpark separate from their estate to reduce the amount of parking by non-residents on their streets which can be an inconvenience”.

Cllr O’Hara’s call comes after the news that the Department of Education has applied for planning permission for a 20 classroom school on their site adjacent to Rathcoole Park and Woodlands.

Cllr O’Hara continued “The planning application has raised the issue of site access for construction traffic to the Department of Education lands. This could never be via Coolamber Estate, and would have to be via the Council owned lands adjacent to Stoney Lane and the Rathcoole Woodlands. If a construction and motor traffic route is to be identified to the Department of Education site via the council owned land, this should be examined as a future location for the public carpark for recreational users of Rathcoole Park and Woodlands”. Cllr O’Hara has submitted a motion to the next area committee meeting of the County Council seeking an update from Council Executive.

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