The Passage West Area Development and Environment Association is an independent, non-political and non-sectarian association the main aims of which are to preserve the amenities of the area, to ensure the provision and maintenance of a modern and adequate water supply, sewage, lighting, refuse collection and other essential public services.
The Association was first founded in March 1971 at a meeting attended by local public representatives, local business people and the general public attended from Rochestown, Passage West, Glenbrook and Monkstown. A set of aims for the Association was outlined, a constitution was drawn up and the following May, the first official committee was appointed. In 1982, the name of the Association was amended to become the Passage West Area Development and Environment Association.
In 1996, the town of Passage West celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Area Development and Environment Association. Several of those involved in the initial set-up in 1971 remain active in the Association to this day. The Association works well with both the Town Council and the County Council, while retaining its independence. It has on-going involvement in clean-ups, flower and shrub-planting and is very pro-active on planning issues. It organises the annual Tidy Areas Competition which, in 2006, was incorporated into the very successful Project 2006 as the Homes and Gardens Competition.
The Area Development and Environment Association had tremendous involvement with Project 2006, a co-ordinated initiative between the Association, the Town Council and Cork County Council to improve the image of Passage West and Monkstown. Some of the Association’s achievements through Project 2006 included the hanging of flower baskets throughout the town, the organising of bi-weekly litterpicks, the erection of bollards at the Glenbrook slip, clearance of the grassy banks at the entrance to Passage West and spraying of weeds within Passage West, Glenbrook and Monkstown.
Other noteworthy projects which the Area Development and Environment Association has been responsible for include major clearance works at the Royal Victoria Baths and installation of seating for recreational use. The project was further extended towards the Cut and Cover with the laying of gravel and installation of new railings. Using Urban Renewal funding, the Association has carried out similar valuable work at Ferrypoint, providing a small sit-down area and cleaning up the adjacent strand. The Association continues to be involved in the improvement of the Rochestown to Passage West riverside walk and is very active on matters relating to environment, traffic, roads, parking, footpaths, employment and dereliction.