By Kieran O’Mahony
PLANS for the construction of a new state-of-the-art fire station at The Miles in Clonakilty are getting a step closer as it is expected that a Part 8 planning submission will be finalised in January.
Cork South West Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said he has been pressing hard to progress the issue after a previous attempt to secure a site in 2008 were abandoned.
‘I have been in continuous contact with both Minister Coveney and management at Cork County Council to ensure this project is progressing,’ said Deputy Daly. ‘As it involves both the Department and the local authority, it is crucial they both move together to get the best value from available funding.’
‘Clonakilty is one of six retained fire stations in the Cork County West region and it serves a population of nearly 16,000 people,’ he added. ‘The annualised number of incidents responded to by Clonakilty Fire Service is 77, representing 18% of the county’s call-outs in the West region. It is high time this busy, centrally-located station was upgraded to modern day standards that allows the crew to deal with callouts in optimum time.’
Deputy Daly confirmed that all drawings and reports required for a Part 8 planning submission will be finalised in the New Year and it is hoped that construction will begin later in 2017.