DAYS after the town experienced another bout of flooding, Skibbereen’s bid for a flood relief scheme has been dealt a huge blow.
Because of consistent delays with the scheme’s progress, the chosen contractor has withdrawn from the project – meaning the scheme has to be put out to tender once more.
Former County Mayor Alan Coleman says the delay is down to the insistence on an independent review of the Environmental Impact Statement. ‘As a result of this delay, contractor Roadbridge, who were chosen to carry out the works, have withdrawn their contract,’ said Cllr Coleman. ‘Roadbridge are within their rights to do this as it is within their three month window, but this is shambolic and I am disgusted with departmental beaurocracy,’ he said.
‘West Cork is again suffering at the hands of this Government. West Cork towns Skibbereen and Bandon are being treated so badly it is pathetic,’ he added.
Meanwhile, the people of Bandon are gathering in the town at 7.30pm tonight to discuss the recent flooding.
For full story, see this week’s Southern Star – out on Thursday.