East Cork Councillors Question Government’s Transport Infrastructure Funding Process.

By Seamus Whelehan

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East Cork Councillors have raised concerns over Housing Minister Simon Coveny’s Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) for South Cork.
Under the scheme government fund key infrastructure such as roads which open up land for development.
Under the LIHAF funding the local authority sought €2million for the upgrade of the Lakeview roundabout, which would facilitate the construction of over 2,000 housing units.
Instead Transport Infrastructure Ireland drew down €6million in funding for the progression of the Dunkettle interchange which would lead to 400 new houses for the Glanmire area.
At Monday’s Southern Committee meeting Councillors called for improvements to the Lake View Roundabout and the N25 between Carrigtwohill and Midleton.
They claimed the N25 between Midleton and Carrigtwohill will be gridlocked unless new infrastructure is put in place.
Under the Midleton and Water Rock Master plans the authority intend to construct 5,000 homes, 6 schools (4 Primary and 2 Secondary), a shopping centre, a number of parks and a second railway station for the Midleton area.

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