Minister Seán Sherlock has confirmed that the tender process for the streetscape works in Buttevant is to be completed by end of October.

Buttevant Community Council has been to the fore for almost two years in campaigning to have the realignment works done. Plans prepared by Cork County Council last year for the works estimated the cost at up to €4 million. In February of this year the National Roads Authority allocated €2 million for the first phase of the develop-ment and that is now about to get up and running.

There are a number of conditions governing the expenditure of the €2 million, the most significant that Cork County Council make all efforts to ensure that any services including Irish Water both under and overground, either proposed or requiring upgrading, are dealt with before the new pavement is put in place.

“I am informed that the tender process should be completed by the end of this month, with contracts to be drawn up by November,” said Minister Sherlock. “Under the rate of the timeline identified by council officials, we should see work begin properly by January on the streetscape, which is something I’m sure residents in Buttevant will gladly welcome.”