County Hall denies it is neglecting the suburban areas moving to the city

County Hall denies it is neglecting the suburban areas moving to the city
Map showing the old city boundary and the new expanded Cork City Council boundary which comes into effect in May 2019.

CORK County Council has denied that it is neglecting areas that are moving into the City Council's jurisdiction this May.

While discussing the finalised implementation plan for the city boundary expansion, several councillors from areas around the city claimed that the County Council stopped investing in their areas after the new boundary was confirmed.

Chief executive Tim Lucey denied the charge, citing a number of major projects that are ongoing, many of which have only recently begun.

Fine Gael councillor Derry Canty said that he has been unable to get work done in Ballincollig by the council's local area office.

"The white flag went up months and months ago. Road resurfacing has stopped. We don’t know whether we’re going to get the footpaths programme in place.

"This is not fair to the people of Ballincollig who have paid their rates, their taxes, their rents, everything over the years.

"A’ll am asking this morning is that we fulfill our duty right up to the last day of the transfer," he said.

Independent councillor Kevin Conway said that it is the same in Blarney.

"Other than the odd pothole, there is no expenditure. It’s getting very hard to get anything done.

"We are still in the county until the end of May. That needs to be acknowledged,"

Mr Lucey said that the County Council is still carrying out major projects in the areas being moved, including some that have only recently begun.

He cited major roadworks in Lehenaghmore, Maryborough Hill, and the Iniscarra Bridge, among others, and extensions to the regional park.

He said that flood relief schemes are going ahead, and the County Council will continue work in some areas even after the extension.

"There is a whole range of stuff, and that is only some of them," he said.

Introducing the implementation plan, Mr Lucey said that it provides a clean break between the city and county, with the city taking over almost every service in its new areas come the end of May, with the exception of rates collection, which will be carried out by the County Council until the end of the year.

The plan includes 203 staff moving from County Hall to City Hall.

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