Minister Howlin T.D. confirmed last Friday, 22nd Jan, that the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme is ready to proceed once again. This was followed by a letter from the OPW complying with the terms of the Confirmation on Tuesday, 26th January. This then allowed Minister Howlin to sign a Government Order for the Scheme on the same day.
Officially Government have now allowed the Scheme to go ahead.
It is now over to Cork Co. Co. and the OPW to complete the tendering process. Tenders are due back to Cork Co. Co. in the first week in Feb.
Assessments of tenders are scheduled for the end of March when a contractor will then be appointed. There will be a lead-in period during which loose ends, notification to property owners, contractor arriving on site and other preparations will be completed so hopefully we should see construction in mid-2016.
Minister Howlin re-iterated that the Skibbereen flood Relief Scheme will take 3 years to complete at a cost of €30 million.
update from Skibbereen Floods Committee