Delayed Whitegate Village Enhancement Expected By Early 2019

By Seamus Whelehan


A €200 million investment aimed at regenerating the quality of life in Whitegate is believed to be at an advanced design stage. A new look village is set to emerge in the coming months, designed to put some order to the village centre.   The project is expected to commence in early 2019 and is partly funded by the Government’s Village Enhancement Scheme, with the remainder driven by development contributions.  Two roads intersect the East Cork village, which Council say is leading to traffic chaos at times.

Residents have long argued, an increased that population and high levels of fuel tankers drawing product from the oil refinery on a daily basis have paid their toll on the main road through the villageThe blueprint includes the upgrade of a number of road junctions and the implementation of traffic calming measures.   The existing village green area will be extended under the plan to narrow the R630 road, provide parallel parking bays and the extension of footpaths.  Lighting will be upgraded along what is considered the most strategic road in the East Cork Municipal district. The inner road that runs past Day’s Euro Spar will become one way, and will include parking spaces and a set down area for delivery trucks.   The project has been on hold since 2014, as the Authority lacked the funds until now to progress the Enhancement Programme.