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203 staff to move to city council

Friday, 12th April, 2019 10:06am

Just over 200 staff will be on the move from Cork County Council when Cork city’s boundary extension comes into being. 

Cork City Council is hoping to fill another 65 current vacancies, the Chief Executive of Cork City Council confirmed this week at a Joint Policing Committee meeting this week. 

It comes as Cork City Council and Cork County Council also launched a public awareness campaign aimed at the 85,000 citizens living in the parts of the county that are due to transfer to the city next month.

Crunching down into the numbers, it will see Cork City Council look after a further nine graveyards, three libraries, 400 council services, 481 planning applications, 990 social housing units, 62,567 votes and 550km of roads. 

Areas such as Ballincollig, Blarney, Tower, Glanmire, Douglas, Donnybrook, Grange, Frankfield, Rochestown and Togher are to transfer from Cork County Council to Cork City Council on 31 May.  

An information leaflet highlighting the changes is being distributed to all households and businesses within the transfer area in the coming days.  

Significant work has been carried out by the chief executives of both councils, and their staff, in planning and organising the transition of over 400 services from the County administrative area to the City administrative area.  

As part of the change, 203 staff will transfer from Cork County Council to Cork City Council.  

All services such as roads, planning and environment currently operated by Cork County Council will be managed by Cork City Council from 31 May . Cork City Council will levy rates in the transition area from 1 January 2020.

Up to 62,567 votes will transfer from Cork County Council to Cork City Council in time for the local and European elections. Polling cards will issue in advance of the 24 May elections and will provide details of polling stations. However citizens are asked to visit checktheregister.ie to check that their vote is registered correctly.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy highlighted how Cork County Council will be contacting every customer and business that has a direct relationship with the Council: “As County Mayor, I thank you for working with us and I assure you that Cork County Council will advise all our citizens of what this means for them and we are here to answer your queries.  It has been a pleasure to serve you."

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn said: “As you know from 31 May, Cork City will have its first boundary extension in 50 years. This will yield many opportunities for Cork city as well as challenges. In the coming days, leaflets will be delivered to homes and businesses coming in to the city and we look forward to welcoming you in and explaining how Cork City Council will operate for you."

Both Councils have established dedicated information lines for anyone with a query about how the boundary alteration might affect them. Cork City Council can be contacted during office hours at 021-4924444 and Cork County Council can be contacted during office hours at 021-4285054.  A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions, together with an interactive map highlighting the boundary change, is available online at corkcity.ie and corkcoco.ie.

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