29 Decemeber 2017
By Bryan Smyth
Clonakilty based Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly, has today confirmed that negotiations with the preferred contractor for the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme are progressing well, and he said he hopes the contractor will be formally appointed in the coming weeks.
Minister Daly said, ‘I am in constant contact with OPW Minister Moran and officials within the OPW to ensure that the Flood Relief Scheme in Clonakilty is going to be commenced as soon as possible. We are all aware of the devastation flood damage can do to homes and businesses, and it is critical that the construction of Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme is not delayed.’
Speaking on the concerns raised by some local businesses and residents Minister Daly has reassured that he has brought these concerns directly to Minister Moran, ‘I have brought a number of the concerns raised with me by local businesses and residents to the attention of Minister Moran. The Minister has assured me that the appointed contractor will be required to prepare and submit a Construction Stage Traffic Management Plan for the period of the works. They will also appoint a Community Liaison and Traffic Officer who will liaise with local residents and businesses, Cork County Council, and the OPW representative for the duration of the works. They will consult with residents and business owners affected by the works in advance of the commencement of any construction works.’
Minister Daly also confirmed that any works that interfere with traffic flows will not be permitted during the month of December should works have commenced, ‘The Christmas period is a key one for local retailers and it is important that it remains business as usual for Clonakilty.’