Midleton Rate Payers Call For Fairness From Council Investment

By Seamus Whelehan

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Midleton Main Street where €2million has been set aside for enhancement

The East Cork Municipality must rethink its strategy when carving up its Town Development fund Midleton’s business leaders have said.
Midleton and Area Chamber of Commerce made their plea in a letter to the areas representatives following details of an in camera meeting published in the East Cork Journal of the 11 May.
The report outlined how the areas representatives were divided over the allocation of the discretional fund, designed to enhance both Youghal and Midleton town centres.
In 2015 the entire Town Development fund of €120,000 was invested to help update Youghal town centre and boost tourism.
Last year after a very public debate Midleton was assigned €9,000 through the same programme.
€102,500 of this year’s allocation is earmarked again for Youghal with €17,500 assigned to Midleton.
In a letter dated the 13 May issued by the Midleton and Area Chamber of Commerce to Councillors, requested that “Midleton town be sufficiently recognised in this year’s allocation”, ahead of a final in camera meeting to be held this-morning (Thursday 8 June).
The letter detailed 30 projects which would benefit from the discretional funding which include; directional signs from the railway to the tourist office, campervan facilities, a digital marketing plan for the town, extra public seating in parks. Illuminating side streets and a permanent sound system for the many outdoor events organised annually.
Formal adoption of the 2017 discretional fund is expected to be made in public later today at the Municipalities monthly meeting
Some East Cork Municipality Councillors say they are unsure as to what they are voting on at today’s private gathering.
When the minutes of the 2 May, closed door session, were issued, certain areas of Youghal had received extra funding and the overall fund of €102,500 had been reduced by €5,000.
Under the Youghal package the Queen of The Seas Festival were to receive €2,000 and a further €10,000 was set aside to market Youghal’s latest tourist attraction, the Clock Gate Tower.
In minutes issued to Cllrs, the Queen of the Seas Festival have been assigned €5,000 and the Clock Gate Tower €2,000 for marketing.
Although it’s understood this is a typographical error. It’s believed the accountancy error will be rectified ahead of today’s in camera meeting.

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