Mayor of Cork County Declan Hurley has said his authority are awaiting a response from City officials over its alternative to McKinnon report that recommended a 13km extension of the city limits.
Last week councillors were recalled from their summer holidays and sat on two separate occasions to trash out what they consider is a workable alternative.
Under the McKinnon report 110,000 people would be added to the City’s population with 50% of the county’s rate base wiped out overnight, an estimated loss of €80million.
The expert report has recommended a city expansion taking in Ballincollig, Douglas, Rochestown, Glanmire, Little Island, Carrigtwohill and Cork Airport.
Cobh, Monkstown, Passage West and Carrigaline would remain in the County forming a lower harbour municipality.
Last Friday 4 August the local authority recommended a proposal that would see the city boundary increase from 38 sq km to almost 70 sq km and a transfer of €16 million in commercial and local property taxes.
The new plan would see an additional 40,000 added to city’s population base. However Little Island, Carrigtwohill, Glanmire, Blarney, Tower and Ballincollig would not form part of the plan as set out in the McKinnon report.
Speaking to the East Cork Journal Mayor Hurley said he hoped there would be no further delay in the City’s response.
“I have no desire to be again pitted against our City colleagues to the detriment of the region and would seek to engage in evidence based debate as opposed to discussions through the media.”
He said there had been enough uncertainty about both authority’s joint future and that both he and his equals were available to help broker an early resolution.



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