FULL details have been revealed of the massive property transfer that will take place when Cork city’s boundary extension is introduced on June 1.
Cork County Council has detailed the assets to be handed over to Cork City Council as part of the boundary extension which will see the city’s population grow from 125,000 to 210,000 overnight. The assets and properties include the following.
:: 473km of roads;
:: More than 10,000 street lights;
:: 89 bridges;
:: 44 zebra crossings;
:: 990 council houses;
:: Nine cemeteries;
:: Six playgrounds;
:: Seven public parks;
:: Three libraries;
:: One fire station.
Between 70 and 80 community, voluntary and environmental groups will also transfer from the county jurisdiction to the city.
The sweeping boundary extension will see Ballincollig, Blarney, Douglas, and Glanmire become part of the city in June.
Lord Mayor Mick Finn described it as a historic time for the city.
“It will open up new opportunities and challenges for Cork and lead to a better level of service.
“As a councillor and Lord Mayor, to be involved in this transition has been great,” he said.
“It puts us into a new playing field. We will get a light rail investment eventually, and it strengthens the argument for things like a 50-metre swimming pool and justifies the elusive event centre.
“The new population will benefit not just Cork, but the whole region.”
On the numbers detailed in the Implementation Plan document, Mr Finn said the figures highlight the complexity of the work and how difficult the process can be.
“It shows the full extent of the transition and Cork City Council will have to be flexible in their procedures to meet the demands of their new residents.”
He described it as a fantastic time for Cork.
“It is the herald of a new dawn and will attract new business to Cork,” Mr Finn said.
County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy said the boundary extension was never something they wanted, but it was happening now and it was just a case of ploughing ahead with it.
Mr Murphy assured residents living in the areas being incorporated into the city that there would be no dilution of service.
“We have been working closely with the city council, ensuring they have all the information and resources they need to continue providing a high-quality service to residents.”
He said that he was glad the city was taking control of all services, something he described as a “clean break.”
The county mayor also took the time to thank the 200-plus staff who are transferring from the county to the city council, saying that the council appreciated their hard work and wished them well.
“It is the largest change in local government ever,” he added.