Irish Examiner - Friday, 18 January, 2008
Relocated families disrupting estates
formed alliance of residents groups in Limerick yesterday
claimed families being moved to the suburbs from Southill and
Moyross, as part of the regeneration programme for the vast
council estates, are already causing trouble.
The Concerned Residents
Alliance said once-peaceful neighbourhoods are being disrupted
by former council tenants.
CRA held a series
of meetings in Ballinacurra, Caherdavin, Castletroy, Corbally,
Doordoyle, Patrickswell, Raheen and Rosbrien.
In an open letter
yesterday to the Limerick city manager Tom Mackey and Limerick
county manager Ned Gleeson, the CRA said: While we accept
most of those families who are relocated are law abiding, some
families that might be described as marginal or
at risk are disrupting once-peaceful estates.
They claim displacing
problems have devalued property in the suburbs.
The statement added:
Community interests have been abandoned. It would seem
the present priority of both the local authorities and the newly
established regeneration agencies is to pave the way for developers
by clearing the land of people.
CRA claim there is
an ongoing problem with landlords renting to former council
tenants who engage in antisocial behaviour.
CRA state: These
people are still in effect council tenants and should be subject
to the same rules as those renting directly from the council.
Defining these tenants as anything other than council tenants
is merely abdicating responsibility on the grounds of a technicality
and effectively undermining confidence of the wider community
in the councils commitment to the areas concerned.
CRA said the reality
of increased antisocial behaviour caused by former council tenants
had made residents in some suburban areas desperate to get out
to live normal lives.
of purchasing houses in private estates to rehouse people is
having a negative affect, it said.
CRA agrees the regeneration
plan for Southill, Moyross and Ballinacurra Weston presents
an opportunity for Limerick. It can remedy existing problems
and make Limerick a positive example to the rest of the country
rather than a cautionary tale. We would hope what is put in
place is not a stop-gap measure, but a permanent solution to
the ills of the city.
The association has
called for a meeting with the city and county managers.
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