PLANS for the Morrison’s Island flood defences and public realm upgrades are due to be submitted by the end of the month.
A riverside promenade is set to be developed in a €6 million project by Cork City Council as part of the installation of flood defences in the area. The local authority is carrying out this portion of the scheme separately to the overall flood defence project, which the Office of Public Works will complete.
Seating and enhanced public spaces are also envisioned for the project which will reconnect the area to the river, according to a presentation given to city councillors yesterday.
An extensive consultation process is due to begin in the coming weeks in order to ensure the public has its say in the matter.
It will include ‘a comprehensive package of highly visual material,’ including reports, photo montages, a walk-through video and a full-scale physical replica of the proposed footpath and railing, which will be on display at City Hall for the duration of the planning process.
Fianna Fáil councillor Nicholas O’Keeffe broadly welcomed the proposals for Morrison’s Island, claiming it could benefit the wider area.
He said: “Together with new plans in this area such as hotel and office development — the enhancement of the public realm integrating the river and public walkway and plaza areas would make the entire area an attractive area for investment and growth of the city. Our ultimate aim is to bring adequate flood defences to Cork and if we can do that in such a way that can add to the public realm then it is most worthwhile.”
He encouraged the public to take advantage of the consultation period in the coming weeks.