Physical Regeneration of Ballymun is not complete – Reilly
Responding to a statement from the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney, where he stated that the physical regeneration of Ballymun is complete, Dublin \City and Sinn Féin Cllr Noeleen Reilly has said that ‘much great work was done during the Regeneration in Ballymun but since previous Governments reduced the budget which meant that many projects remain incomplete’.
Councillor Reilly said:
“It frustrates me greatly that the current minister for Housing, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney is washing his hands of the regeneration in Ballymun.
“He has even gone as far to state that the Physical regeneration of Ballymun is complete. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
“All of this is an attempt to justify taking €1.7m from Social regeneration in Ballymun next year. This money goes towards social disadvantage in the area and many of the groups who receive this funding will simply not survive.
“Much great work was done during the Regeneration in Ballymun but unfortunately previous Governments reduced the budget which meant that many projects remain incomplete.
“One only has to come to Ballymun and look at the dilapidated shopping centre to see that the Physical Regeneration of the area is still very much in need of investment and focus.
“There is also lots of prime land in the area zoned for housing but at present cannot be developed as drainage works were not completed during the regeneration as again the budget was cut.
“I am inviting and calling on the Minister to visit Ballymun and he can see firsthand a lot of the great work that was done but also to satisfy himself that the regeneration is not complete.”