THE Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy says an additional sum of €620,000 will now be invested by Cork County Council in its winter maintenance fleet.
This will assist in responding to severe weather events such as flooding, storms, snow and ice and in particular to events such as Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma experienced last winter.
To supplement the Council’s existing fleet of specialised emergency call-out vans, the Council has recently entered into a contract to purchase four additional 4-wheel drive vehicles.
The Council is also purchasing a supply of protective shields for its Road Grader fleet as part of preparation for the forthcoming winter.
These shields are required to ensure that in clearing snow, no residual damage is caused to the road. The Council also plans to purchase another Road Grader in the coming year to further supplement its fleet of graders.
The Council recently purchased three new large road sweeping vehicles and plans to purchase a further one in the coming year, ensuring that the Council has the capacity to carry out cleanup works, particularly following severe weather events.
Cork County Council says it is committed to a very significant annual fleet replacement programme, incorporating new technologies to assist its direct labour workforce in efficient and effective operations across the county.
It says that this additional funding will enhance its capacity to respond to severe weather events.