The Ballinacurra Weston Residents Alliance was one of 55 Community
based organisation that participated in this years Community &
was poorly attended by members of the public but was invaluable
when it came to making new contacts and networking.
was great interest in the BWRA information stall; people were
shocked by the true extent of the Regeneration Agency's legal
remit - the Southside Regeneration Area, (which was displayed
in our 'Master' Plans section) and disgusted, but not surprised,
the lack of real consultation by the Agency when producing the
so-called 'Master' plans.
the Regeneration Agency or their residents' forum were present.
out information leaflets which explained our reason for being
and the work we do:
Weston Residents' Alliance (BWRA) is the only independent residents'
group in the designated regeneration area of Ballinacurra Weston.
The BWRA is representative of both homeowners and tenants living
in the immediate regeneration area and was formed to ensure
that all residents have their rights upheld during the regeneration
The local regeneration
forum committee failed in this regard and did not represent
our views. The BWRA was formed by forum committee member's that
resigned in frustration at the lack of action and worsening
degeneration of our Community.
In contrast to the
Regeneration Agency established forum, the BWRA is a properly
constituted and active organisation that is run by the residents
and for the residents.
- We write letters
on behalf of our members, highlighting their individual problems
to the relevant agency.
- We highlight areas
of concern to our Community; environmental issues like illegal
dumping, health & safety issues such as rat infestations
and unsecured vacant houses, and security problems regarding
anti-social and criminal behaviour.
- We are presently
conducting a survey of our area to ascertain residents' views
- We will be launching
our newsletter in November 2010.
- We are a member
of the local Community & Voluntary Forum.
So far we represent
90% of households in the immediate regeneration area.
We were formed in
May 2010 and are to date recognised by Government Ministers
and Departments, Limerick City Council and An Garda Síochána.
We have held two meetings with the Regeneration Agency.
However, the Regeneration
Agency refuses to officially acknowledge our existence
Weston Residents' Alliance is affiliated to Limerick Regeneration
Watch, which led a delegation to the EU Parliament in Brussels
on 16th April 2009, and successfully petitioned the EU on environmental
issues, prompting the Regeneration Agency to sponsor a €500,000
clean-up of all regeneration areas.
As a member of Limerick
Regeneration Watch, the BWRA is allied with the Moyross Residents'
Alliance, the Weston Gardens Residents' Association and individual
residents' in St. Mary's Park and Southill.
Outside City Hall there
was a Bar-B-Que cook off; with many exotic foods on offer. Entertainment
was provided by a diverse number of groups, there was singing,
dancing and a magic show. Overall it was a great day out, it's
only a pity it wasn't better supported by members of the public.
Here to view a selection of photos from the event.
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