The Cork flood relief scheme has been published (not online as of yet), The proposals will be on display for six weeks until the 20th January, 2016 with comments being accepted from the public until the 17th February. It will be the largest such flood relief project in the country with a price tag of €140 million. The aim is to have the first part of the Scheme advanced to construction in 2017 as part of a Public Realm project being undertaken by Cork City Council which is working closely with the OPW in progressing the Scheme. The rest of the Scheme would be advanced by the OPW on a phased basis, starting in 2018 and would be completed over the following years. Its aim is to protect 2,100 properties, made up of almost 900 residential and 1,200 non-residential properties.
The scheme is two years later the promised and it is a little disconcerting that the timeline of some years after 2018 for completion lacks certainty. Cork has of course seen more than its fair share of flooding in recent times and the pressure is on to get this approved and built before the next big one hits. Hopefully it will be put online soon and that the planning and tendering process will go smoothly. What say p.ie?
Minister of State, Seán Canney, T.D., announces major investment in flood relief for Cork - launches Cork City Flood Relief Scheme - MerrionStreet