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Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley reports on Municipal Meeting 6th May 2020

Had a Quick update Municipal Meeting this morning in Mall House Ballroom With Social Distancing and got Updates from Municipal Officer Joe Mc Carthy on the projects Below , So a bit of light at the End of Tunnel for East Cork , we will look forward Friends , these projects are subject to All Guidelines from Govt and HSE going forward.

2.1.2 Midleton to Youghal Greenway.
Whilst work on the Midleton Youghal Greenway is temporarily on pause it will recommence as soon as COVID 19 restrictions are lifted. To date site clearance has been undertaken and the temporary fencing works have commenced. The 23km long Greenway will bring an important and timely boost to tourism across the County. Youghal and Midleton in particular will benefit. Good for the local economy, increasing tourist spend, supporting existing local businesses and encouraging new enterprise opportunities, it will also be a wonderful recreational resource for local communities.

2.1.3 Midleton Town Centre Improved Access & Enhancement Project, Phase 2.
Members will be aware of the ongoing work being undertaken to finalise the design and tender documentation for this complex project. Whilst it was expected to go to tender in March, this did not happen as there were additional amendments required to the tender documentation. It is imperative that the tender documentation issued is as comprehensive and complete as possible to enable contractors to submit tenders prices and to mitigate the risk of additional cost arising subsequently. At the time of writing I do not have the exact date that the construction contract will be advertised. However I expect it to be in June with works commencing in the Autumn.

2.1.4 IRONMAN, Ireland, Cork.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IRONMAN Ireland, Cork event scheduled to take place in East Cork on June 21st will not go ahead this year. However the date for the 2021 IRONMAN Ireland, Cork has been announced for August 15th 2021. This is the only decision that could be made in these unforeseen circumstances. Efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 have meant disruptions and cancellations to sporting events around the world. It is regrettable and disappointing for everyone involved that this event cannot go ahead in East Cork this summer but we can now look forward with anticipation to the 2021 IRONMAN Ireland, Cork race.

2.1.5 St. Mary’s Collegiate Church – Youghal.
The Voices of St. Mary’s.
Work on the ‘Voices of St. Mary’s’ Project is well under way. Failte Ireland have signed off on the Interpretative Plan and the project is scheduled for completion for September 2020.

2.1.6 Phase 2 of the Youghal Eco Boardwalk.
Phase 2 of the Youghal Eco Boardwalk runs from Claycastle to Redbarn. The Council has completed the procurement process and selected a contractor to commence works as soon as permitted under national guidelines relating to Covid 19. The existing boardwalk that runs from Front Strand to Claycastle will be extended by 1.1 km from the Claycastle car park as far as the Youghal Quality Hotel at Redbarn and will be another great amenity for the region.

2.1.7 Front Strand Public Convenience & Lifeguard Facility.
In May 2019 Part 8 Planning was granted for the new public convenience with overhead lifeguard station at Front Strand, Youghal. This building replaces the existing toilet buildings located behind the sea wall at the eastern end of the promenade. The new building will consolidate the male and female toilets into one building while adding a universally accessible facility. The incorporation of a permanent lifeguard station will re-inforce the status of this new structure as a nodal point along a well-established walking route.
The proposed works include for the demolition of the existing public toilets and associated site works, including soft and hard landscaping. In addition to the new two storey structure, improvements to the public realm and traffic calming works will be undertaken as well as the partial reconfiguration of the existing car park.
The project has proceeded to detailed design including ground survey works and site investigations. Tender documentation is currently being prepared and the aim is to advertise the construction contract in the summer with works commencing in the autumn.

2.1.8 Youghal Lighthouse Project.
Youghal’s “Heritage Led Vision to the next Decade” document states that the overall objective of this project is to provide visitor accessibility to one of Youghal’s most iconic sites and develop a significant addition to the suite of attractions in the region. An architect has been appointed to undertake the design of phase 2 of the works which involves the construction of a viewing area on the seaward side of the building. This is a continuation of the works undertaken in Phase 1. Whilst work on the design is proceeding, site investigations cannot be undertaken until the current restrictions are lifted. The current aim is to undertake the part 8 planning by autumn 2020. If planning is granted the Council will then pursue all funding opportunities to enable this project to proceed to construction.

2.1.9 Youghal RRDF Application (Courthouse) – and Public Realm.
In February 2020, the Council submitted an application under the Department of Rural & Community Development’s Rural Regeneration & Development Fund for the regeneration of Youghal Town Centre through public realm and the development of a future vision for the disused Courthouse building. This application is to fund the development of proposals up to and including design and planning. This application will not fund any construction works.

The Council awaits a decision on this application.

2.1.10​Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2018 – Cloyne.
Litton Fountain.
Having regard to the high historic and heritage value of the Litton Fountain it was necessary to amend the proposal as submitted by the community group to properly respect and enhance the monument and the associated public realm. This amended proposal was then provided for community consideration and submissions and we sought an extension to the end of March 2020 for the project. The project is essentially completed except for the following additional minor works yet to be carried out:

Connection to water supply,
Connection of pump to electricity supply,
Provision of connection on street for festive lighting to Christmas tree,
Installation of seating and planter on street,
Filling and planting up of planter,
Inscription of brass panel.

2.1.11​Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2018 – Youghal.
Market Square Dock.
This project provides for new quality, natural stone paving, revised parking facilities and the installation of Moby Dick Sculpture at Market Square Dock. The project is essentially completed.

2.1.12​Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019.
In late 2019 the Council was notified that it had been successful in its 2019 Town & Village Renewal application for East Cork for the installation of a series of 8 space ‘bike racks’ in designated car parking locations throughout the towns and villages of East Cork. The proposal will promote cycling throughout East Cork, and aid the transition at a local level to a low-carbon economy.

The inclusion of these bike racks will further enhance the reputation of East Cork as an outdoor haven for cycling enthusiasts; following the hosting in East Cork of the international first full Ironman competition in the region on 23rd June 2019.
Approximately €50,000 will be spent on this project.

2.1.13 Covid 19 Community Response Programme.

Information to be circulated in advance of the meeting.