The Carrigaline District was awarded just €20,000 in the county budget to deal with coastal issues, which Fine Gael Councillor Aidan Lombard has warned is not enough.
The Carrigaline Municipal District includes a number of beaches such as Church Bay, Myrtleville beach, Fountainstown, Rocky Bay, Nohoval Cove, Roberts Cove and two estuaries, one in Minane Bridge and one in Carrigaline, as well as a long stretch of coast.
Mr Lombard, formerly of the Kinsale - Bandon Municipal District, said that they would have spent €20,000 on Roberts Cove alone last year dealing with sea lettuce, erosion and hiring two portaloos for the summer.
The Fine Gael Councillor said while the 2020 coastal budget has increased for the county significantly, the amount of money for these areas had reduced.
While the 2019 budget for piers and harbours and coastal protection was €1,828,973, the 2020 allocation is €2,159,789, an increase of €330,816.
Mr Lombard said this is not a fair allocation and will not be enough to maintain the areas required.
“There are two options, either overspend in this category or do not maintain these areas and I will be fighting to see these areas maintained,” Mr Lombard said.
“The businesses in these coastal areas, they make money in the summer so they can stay going in the winter and it is very important to them that these areas are usable for tourists.”
The Minane Bridge Councillor raised the issue at the Municipal District Budget meeting, where the council rejected the budget and highlighted five areas of concern for the finance department, one of which was the coastal budget.
Mr Lombard also raised the conundrum at two council meetings. The Fine Gael Councillor said he felt he was being shoved from pillar to post with this issue and he was frustrated and disappointed with how his concerns had been dealt with.
Speaking in the Chamber, Mr Lombard said he did not have any big expectation of “a big pot of gold coming to the MD”, but he said he thought it should be highlighted.
“I don’t want this to happen again next year,” Mr Lombard said.
Cork County Council Senior Executive Officer Nicola Radley said the concerns of the Municipal District in relation to the coastal budget had been communicated to the finance department prior to the Council’s Budget meeting.
Mr Lombard asked that the concerns be relayed again.