The meeting was an evening meeting and it was held upstairs in the Shopping Centre. Partly due to the terrible weather conditions on the evening there was a relatively low turnout, however it was an opportunity for those who cannot normally make the morning meetings to express their opinions on the BBA submission to the Cork County Development Plan.

At the morning meeting we got some interesting feedback from some of the members taking part in the Beacon Initiative.   Jim O’Leary felt that there was some very good ideas being discussed and that the general feeling was that credit is due to the organisers and Cork County Council, for funding the program.

A request was made again to the members to help as stewards for the St Patricks Day parade, and we would ask that as many members and friends as possible help on the day.

This Tuesday we had a very informative meeting at which Derry Canty attended to update the members on a number of issues that are currently under consideration by the Council.  A number of the retailers in attendance asked that Derry pass on their appreciation to the Council for running the Beacon Initiative which they are all finding beneficial.

Prior to Derry’s arrival we discussed the St Patrick’s Day parade and Emer Cassidy had some good news as EMC are going to support the event again this year as the main sponsors.  We would ask that any businesses that are interested in participating with a float would contact us as soon as possible as we need to organise the running order.  Also if any members have contact with participators in the City Parade we would like to invite them to also partake in the Ballincollig Parade which will be starting at 3PM, which should give them an opportunity to get out from the city after the earlier parade.

The BBA would also like to pass our condolences to Fr. George O’Mahony, P.P. on the recent death of his mother.

Last Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Donal Conway from Sam’s Bar to the meeting.  We had a good discussion on a number of points raised in the previous week’s meeting with Derry Canty in relation to the proposed changes to the traffic lights, particularly at the Link Road junction.   A further meeting was held with Derry to clarify a number of points in relation to the proposals.  As we will be finalising the BBA submission to the council in relation to the traffic plans at next week’s meeting we would ask those with an interest in this submission to attend in order that we can get the broadest possible opinion from our members.


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