The war on words continues between Cork City and County Councils as City Councillors voted unanimously to reject County’s alternative to the McKinnon report.
Earlier this month the County Council 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 have seen 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.
On Monday 14 August City councillors were recalled from their summer recess to consider the compromise but the Cllrs voting to reject the offer.
All 21 of the 31 sitting City Cllrs who attended the sitting voted to back City CEO Ann Doherty stating the recommendation did not meet the rational of the McKinnon report.
The City Cllrs felt by accepting the proposal it would put Cork in jeopardy of losing its status of second city.
Mayor of Cork County Declan Hurley said it was “disappointing” the City Cllrs voted to dismiss what he termed a “sensible” way forward to extending the City boundary.
Mayor Hurley said there was an “obvious lack of adequate assessment and consideration of the proposal presented”, which would have seen the city almost double in size and increase its population to 283,000 over time.
Mr Hurley said “Cork County Councillors believe their proposal is a great opportunity for Cork as a whole and noted the City Council also rejected the Smiddy report.
Meanwhile Minister for Equality, Immigration and integration David Stanton said he believes by implementing the McKinnon report in its current form it has the potential of splitting communities.
The Deputy for Cork East said McKinnon could be detrimental for areas like Carrigtwohill where the community council could end up dealing with two local authorities.
The Midleton based deputy suggested the M8 motorway as an alternative boundary with Glanmire being brought into the city.
He said no matter what an expansion is going to happen and he encouraged both sides to sit down and come to a compromise ahead of the local elections in 2019.