SIR – As increasing numbers of visitors descend on West Cork, there is a corresponding desire to capitalise from the new influx of people. After all, don’t we spend more while on holiday?
A key proposal in this respect is the proposal by the Lagoon Activity Centre for a floating waterpark at Rosscarbery lagoon. The new venture is a significant development because of its sensitive location and because, as your columnist states, it could be ‘Ireland’s biggest outdoor water park’ (The Southern Star, April 20th).
Let me state at the outset that I think that the Lagoon Activity Centre has been an outstanding success. The pleasure boat facilities are popular and have a seamless interaction with other activities such as fishing and rowing. Nevertheless, I think that there should be more debate as to the way we want to market the inlets and harbours along the coast.
Surely, such a large plastic structure will intrude at this scenic location? And what about its other bits and pieces such as changing rooms, toilets and carparks? Adventure centres are a good idea in general, but it seems to me that the devil is in the detail.
And, admittedly, the current proposal is for a seasonal park, but I would hope that the epitaph that describes so many other resorts does not come to apply to Rosscarbery: ‘Oh, it’s been spoilt.’