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07/09/2017

Political tensions rise over expansion of Cork City boundary

Words: Roger Milne
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Cork County Council has formally submitted a boundary extension plan to Cork City Council, which will involve a six-month consultation process.

The offer comes as tensions between the city and the county council rise over a recommendation by an expert group chaired by former Scottish chief planner Jim Mackinnon. It proposed a major expansion of the city into areas currently controlled by the county council.

The county council offer, first made last month, involved an extension to the city boundary to include areas such as Doughcloyne, Ardrostig, Frankfield, Donnybrook Grange, Castletreasure and Rochestown to the south and Kilbarry, Carhoo, Kilcully and Ballyvolane on the northern side.

However, the county council offer excluded Ballincollig, Blarney, Glanmire, Little Island and Carrigtwohill as well as Cork Airport. All these areas were included within the city boundary extension proposed in the Mackinnon report and which the city council is keen to absorb.

The county offer would see a 31 per cent increase in the city’s population, from 125,000 to 164,915, and an 84.5 per cent increase in the size of the city, from 37.81 square kilometres to 69.76 square kilometres. Under the Mackinnon proposals the city’s population would be set to increase to some 225,000 with a seven-fold increase in area to 280 square kilometres.

Mayor of Cork County Declan Hurley is reported in the Irish Times as saying that councillors were concerned about the impact the Mackinnon proposals would have on the county council’s ability to provide services across the county, as it would mean a loss in rate and local property tax revenue of around €40 million a year.

He added that the county council was seeking legal advice on its options “in the event the minister proceeds to alter the boundary in line with the Mackinnon report.”


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