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Council given extra time to use Monaghan town flood relief funding

Oct 28, 2021 16:10 By News Northern Sound
Council given extra time to use Monaghan town flood relief funding Council given extra time to use Monaghan town flood relief funding
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Focus has been put back on the funding recently, after Aldi said it wouldn't be proceeding with a Monaghan town store after "unsuccessful negotiations" on flood relief and remediation works.

Monaghan County Council has been granted an extension to spend flood relief funding for Monaghan town.
In 2019, €500,000 was allocated to construct a new culvert in the centre of the town.
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The OPW provided the half a million euro to be specifically used for flood mitigation works on the Broad Road and Castle Road area.
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Responding to a recent question by Councillor Paudge Connolly, the local authority said that to date, €130,000 had been spent on ecological surveys, Part 8 approval and detailed design.
Focus has been put on the funding in recent weeks, after Aldi announced it wouldn't be proceeding with plans for a Monaghan town store after "unsuccessful negotiations" with Monaghan County Council on flood relief and remediation works outside of the Aldi site boundary at McNally's Car Park - the same area that was allocated funding.
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Shannonside Northern Sound News understands the issue with the German retailer related to who would be responsible for carrying out the works and building the culvert.
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The Office of Public Works had set a deadline of late 2021 for the funding to be used up, however Monaghan County Council had been seeking an extension to this.
In a statement to Shannonside Northern Sound, it was confirmed that the OPW granted an extension until November 2022.
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Councillor Connolly was told the funds are ring fenced, and must be used on the same flood mitigation measures as before.

 

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