Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Redevelopment Must Prioritise Community Needs-Cremin

Redevelopment Must Prioritise Community Needs-Cremin

Cllr Henry Cremin has said the views of local residents and the needs of the community must be taken into account in any redevelopment of the site of the former NBA flats in Togher.

Cllr Cremin stated:

"I am disappointed that the Manager’s Report on the future of the Deanrock site makes no mention of consulting with the local community. Going by his remarks tonight, the Manager is depending on the private sector to come up with proposals for the future of the site. Such proposals will obviously be market-driven rather than designed with the best interests of the community in Togher at heart.”

“The site of the NBA flats is public property and should be developed in the public interest. The priority in any development should be to enhance the community in Togher and to this end the voices of residents must be heard.”

“Many constituents in the area have raised concerns with me in recent months over the nature and extent of development proposed for the site. The majority want a significant green space retained in the area.”

“Given the past use of the site and the 9,000 people waiting for housing in the city, it would also be appropriate that some of the land be used for social housing. Again I was disappointed that the Manager appeared to rule this out.”

“Rather than relying on property developers to decide the future of the site, the council needs to engage with local residents to formulate a clear plan for how it can best be used to enhance the community in Togher.”

For further information or comment, phone Cllr Henry Cremin 086-2662874

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