Chief District Officer says TII issues should not derail Water Rock development

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East Cork Municipal District chief officer Joe McCarthy says concerns over Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)’s timescale for upgrading the N25 between Midleton and Carrigtwohill should not impede approval of the Water Rock housing scheme, writes Christy Parker.

Mr McCarthy was speaking after Midleton’s and Cobh’s municipal district councillors met with Cork County Council planners to discuss the 20-year, €19m development plan and its long-term potential for 2,500 homes, two primary schools and several linear parks.

That meeting did not evolve as expected, with councillors reportedly looking for reassurance from the planners that massive traffic logjams won’t ensue on the Water Rock Road which would be linked to the Norther Relief Road by a service road corridor. The councillors argue that the Midleton-Carrigtwohill N25 section needs to be incorporated into the plan in advance. However TII has indicated that it does not intend conducting any such work until 2027 at the earliest.

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