Areas becoming part of city ‘must continue to get funds’

Areas becoming part of city ‘must continue to get funds’
Main street, BallincolligPicture: Eddie O'Hare

COUNTY areas that are being transferred to the city must not be forgotten when it comes to local authority funding, it has been warned.

Douglas representative Mary Rose Desmond (FF) said areas such as Ballincollig, Blarney, Tower, Cork Airport, and Glanmire — which will become part of Cork City Council’s remit under boundary changes being implemented in the 2019 local elections — must be given additional funding by the county authority right up until the transfer takes effect.

“One of my big concerns is about the areas in my own municipal district that are moving into the City Council under the current proposals and funding for the next six months,” she said.

“We are getting funding for — outside of the main municipal district funding of the town development fund and the various community grant schemes that are there – the additional works that are sought throughout the year such as traffic calming, public lighting, footpaths and different things.

“There is an exceptional amount of property tax paid in my own areas and they should continue to get the additional funding and not just the ringfenced funding for the continuing six months.

Ballincollig representative Derry Canty (FG) recently told the Evening Echo he felt Ballincollig was a “piggy in the middle” and no longer a priority as the local authority prepared to transfer large swathes of land and 125,000 people into the city under the controversial boundary changes which were strongly opposed by county councillors.

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