It has been confirmed by Cork County Council that works on the Bandon Sewerage Scheme have been suspended,
In a statement the council said, “Construction on the Bandon Sewerage Scheme – Stage 2 contract has been suspended due to events beyond the control of either party.”
Councillor for Bandon (Bandon Town Council), Gearóid Buckley has called on the Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Mr. Brian Hayes to commit the necessary funding to complete this project.
“What has happened is extremely disappointing. Works have been carried out for several months and although there were many issues with the project, a significant amount of work was still completed.”
“Cork County Council will now go back to the drawing board, re-evaluate the works and submit for tender once again. This will take time and I call on the Minister for Public Works, Brian Hayes to commit the necessary resources to this process and to the people of Bandon.”
“I have tabled a motion at our next Town Council meeting requesting a written commitment from the Minister. I have also raised the issue with my Labour Party colleagues Tánaiste, Eamonn Gilmore and Michael McCarthy TD.”
“Due to legal negotiations between both parties it will remain unknown why the contract has suspended. However one can see that the project ran into several issues over the past number of months. Initially the historical process and subsequent surveys, along with our bad summer weather ensured immediate delays. Coupled with the resignation of the consulting engineers WYG Engineering, the project ran into many difficulties at such an early stage.”
“Everyone is disappointed that works have been suspended, but it is now imperative that tender documents are approved as soon as possible and that the long overdue Bandon Sewerage Scheme is completed.”