East Cork Municipality tell Water Rock Residents to Come Back Next Month

By Seamus Whelehan

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An attempt to have a Deputation of Water Rock residents heard at the January Sitting of the East Cork Municipality on Monday, was refused on procedural grounds. Cllr Noel Collins, Committee Chairman, had requested that the residents, who have major concerns over plans to develop up to 2,500 new homes in the area, be listened to.

The Independent Cllr said they have serious health and safety concerns over a new link road that is being proposed for the area under the Water Rock Master Plan.  He said “Consultation is needed before the bulldozers move in” demanding that statutory business be suspended so that representatives of the Residents Association could be heard.

Municipality Executive Clerk, Joe McCarthy told Mr Collins “there are procedures in place for a Deputation” and Mr Collins interjected “to protect the bureaucrats”.  Mr McCarthy told Cllr Collins “[the delegation] is not being refused.  There are Standing Orders in place, the purpose of which are to ensure that meetings are effectively and efficiently managed.”  Under Council procedures, individuals wishing to address the Municipal District regarding Municipal business or community interest must first give the committee a months’ notice.  The Executive Clerk said if Cllr Collins wanted to propose a Delegation they could be heard at next month’s meeting.

Fine Gael Cllr Michael Hegarty questioned if it was right to hear a Delegation, whilst a public consultation on the development plans for the area is taking place.  He said “there are submissions being taken from all interested parties. We need to get all the submissions in, assess them and then we can quite easily talk to them after that.”

It is now expected that the Water Rock residents will put their concerns to Council next month.

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