Fianna Fáil Mayor of Bandon, Cllr Gillian Coughlan, has expressed her deep concern at the announcement that works on the Bandon Sewerage Scheme have been suspended.

It was been confirmed yesterday by Cork County Council that works on the Bandon Sewerage Scheme have been suspended.

Mayor of Bandon Cllr Gillian Coughlan commented: “As Mayor of Bandon, I am extremely disappointed that work has ground to a halt on Bandon’s Main Drainage Scheme.

“This essential upgrade to the drainage infrastructure which was to separate storm water from foul water was welcomed by residents and businesses alike that were affected by the devastating floods of 2009.

“While it had been observed that progress had been slow, with less than 10% of the contract completed, it was devastating to learn that works will now cease indefinitely.

“I am calling on Cork County Council to put this contract to tender again as quickly as possible and to ensure that the funds that were earmarked for this project do not now suddenly disappear. It is imperative that work recommences as soon as possible to allay the fears of residents and business people in Bandon as we face in to a long winter.

“I am mindful that jobs will be lost as a result of this announcement and I am disappointed that the problems between the contractors and Cork County Council could not have been addressed and rectified to the benefit of all.”