Cork City Council unlikely to meet next week due to Covid-19 restrictions

Cork City Council unlikely to meet next week due to Covid-19 restrictions
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IT is unlikely that Cork City Council will meet for their monthly meeting next week due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Meetings are usually held on Mondays, but due to the Bank Holiday weekend, the monthly meeting was due to be held on Tuesday April 14.

Fine Gael Councillor Des Cahill said that the general consensus nationally is that unless there is a statutory element that needs to be voted on or discussed, such as a Part 8, the meetings would not go ahead.

Prior to lockdown Cork City Council held a special meeting to vote on variations that could lead to Part 8 proposals in the Millennium Hall - and all sat separately due to social distancing guidelines.

“By law, full Council has to take place in person.

“If we do have to be called it will be held in the Millennium Hall in the same format, but as of Monday there was nothing statutory on our agenda to proceed with Tuesday’s meeting,” he said.

However, an online briefing of Councillors was held on Monday evening this week, to update them on the Covid-19 crisis.

The building of social housing has been paused, homeless services now have rooms with one person only, and instances of fly-tipping which has become prevalent during the crisis was addressed.

All of the Part 8s with Cork City Council are now on hold. Labour Councillor John Maher said that there are some that have already begun the consultation phase, but has moved to reassure people that the deadlines for submissions will all be extended.

“There are obviously areas where people are either for or against a development, or maybe they want something modified, and their concern is how they meet as a community to mobilise and inform people. We got notification from national government that everything is on hold,” Mr Maher said.

“What I would say to people is that if it’s an eight week process, and it’s on pause, then when we get back to normal then that eight weeks will commence then,” he added.

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