The County’s Public Participation Network held a special meeting to discuss the content of the MacKinnon Report and the possible future implications for the County PPN, and the communities that they represent.
The initial reaction of the Group was one of both shock and amazement at the size of the proposed extension to the City boundary and the implications for the towns, villages and communities of Rural Cork arising from such an extension.
In a Letter to County Politicians the PPN said that 'The Network considered the Report to be deeply flawed in both its thinking and direction, and considered that it would be wholly inappropriate to proceed with its implementation having undertaken no form of public consultation whatsoever. The proposals threaten the very heart of Rural Cork and the communities that we represent. The Group were very disappointed that the submission which the Group made to the Expert Advisory Group on the 27nd of February last, appears not to have been considered at all. Neither the submission nor the contents of same are referred to at any point in the entire document. One would ask the question why not. It appears from our viewpoint that the Report is politically driven from a City perspective at the expense of Rural Cork and the Communities we represent.'
Meanwhile a meeting to discuss the proposed city boundary Extension to include Ballincollig will be held in Oriel House Ballincollig this Wednesday at 8pm People are invited along to have their say