St. Mary's Park inclusion in City regeneration welcomed
Sinn Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan has welcomed the government’s announcement
that the regeneration of Limerick City is to be expanded to include the St.
Mary’s Park area.
“I had grave concerns that the development which was being mooted by Limerick City Council for St. Mary’s Park would have amounted to little more than a land grab.
“I was concerned that the local residents would be displaced so as private developers could have access to the 90 acres of valuable land in the area. A survey conducted last month by Sinn Féin in St. Mary’s Park showed that only 34% of residents were in favour of the development as proposed by Limerick City Council.
“The survey also showed that a shocking 93% of residents felt that they were
not receiving enough information regarding the plans for the development of
the area. It was little wonder with this level of inadequate consultation
that such a high proportion of residents were opposed to the Council’s plans.
“Limerick Sinn Féin has demonstrated that the development plans as proposed by Limerick City Council did not have the confidence of residents and that there has been a failure of communication with regard to what was or wasn’t planned for the area. Sinn Féin and the people of St Mary’s Park desperately want the area to be regenerated.
“However I believe that the way to address this matter was to extend the responsibility for regeneration to the Limerick Regeneration Agencies. These agencies are vehicles with popular support and goodwill in Limerick City and
I’m pleased that they will now assume responsibility for the much needed and
long overdue regeneration of the St. Mary’s Park area". CRÍOCH