Council makes major investment in high technology fleet

Pic: Darragh Kane

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley, welcomes Cork County Council’s €9 million investment toward improving its fleet services over the past 5 years.

During this time, €2.6 million was invested in the delivery of 10 new specialised velocity patchers.  The recent arrival of an additional 3 now brings to 14 the total number of these state of the art road and pothole repair vehicles across the county.

Specialised surfacing equipment continues to be upgraded with €700,000 invested in the purchase of tar spraying equipment and providing new tar tanks.  2 new road graders, at a cost of over €400,000, 2 chip-spreaders tendered and estimated to cost over €550,000 all with delivery scheduled in advance of the 2018 surfacing season. 

Two mini-sweepers were purchased for street cleansing while it also intended to purchase two large suction sweepers, bringing Council investment in suction sweeping equipment to €550,000.

Chief Executive Tim Lucey spoke of the Council’s continued drive to provide an efficient and effective service, “This ongoing investment in modern, state of the art fleet and technology is enabling us to deliver to citizens and communities.  People will experience the benefits with improved pothole, repairs making our roads safer to enhanced maintenance and upkeep of our parks for everyone to enjoy.”

An extensive van replacement programme with over 80 purchased, costing over €900,000, includes dedicated emergency call-out vans.  €2.8 million in 50 trucks, of various sizes, upgrades the heavy goods vehicles county wide.

€635,000 has been spent on dedicated salt gritting equipment and loading shovels for winter gritting operations with €100,000 in the purchase of two loading shovels.

The Council has also continued to invest in the upkeep and maintenance of grass cutting, spending over €120,000 on ride-on lawnmowers.

In welcoming such investments, Mayor Hurley commented, “Cork County Council intends to continue with this very significant annual fleet replacement programme, incorporating new technologies to assist its direct labour force in efficient and effective operations across the county.  It demonstrates the Council’s continued commitment to carrying out significant operations across the county by direct labour.”