Poor planning and failure to apply adequate due diligence has resulted in the public coughing up hundreds of thousands of Euro for the Killeagh Village Enhancement Scheme, it has been claimed.
The original contract for the project was €3.4million, but Cllr Michael Hegarty believes that cost has risen by €500,000 following arbitration talks with MEIC Ltd, the Company awarded the initial contract.
The Fine Gael Cllr has said he will be calling for a re-examination of the Killeagh scheme, even if it’s not possible to recover the money, so that lessons can be learned. Cork County Council is this week remaining silent on the project overrun stating “the Conciliators recommended adjustment to the contract sum is commercially sensitive information at this time and cannot be released.”
Despite running nearly four months behind schedule, MEIC is set to return to rectify a series of faults identified in the multimillion euro scheme.
The Local Authority say a commitment has been made to finalise the outstanding snag items by the 30th of June 2019. They say the arbitrator’s settlement reflects additional resurfacing works that extended by 300m on the western side of the village.
A number of smaller scale additional works were also undertaken in the village centre by the contractor, added a Council spokesperson.
Separately, the construction of a pedestrian bridge close to the N25 in Killeagh is to commence this week and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. A string of road traffic accidents in the past 2 months had resulted in pressure being piled on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to have the planned works progressed.
Three separate single vehicle accidents occurred at the dangerous 90 degree bend on the Eastern side of the village, damaging a number of sections to the boundary wall of the Church.
The Youghal Road Residents Association said “it is only the luck of God that no one was using the footpath when the cars struck the wall, or they would most certainly have been killed.”