Limerick Leader - Monday, 21 January, 2008
unveils plans for Limerick estates
By David Hurley
much anticipated vision documents, for the regeneration of Moyross,
Southill and Ballinacurra Weston, were officially launched by
President Mary McAleese this morning.
As exclusively revealed by the Limerick Leader last week each
of the vision documents contain a series of radical plans and
proposals, which will be implemented during the lifetime of
the multi-million euro regeneration programme.
The documents entitled,
Our Community, Our Vision, Our Future, propose the construction
of a new town centre for Moyross and new neighbourhood centres
for Southill and Ballincurra Weston.
It is also proposed
that over 2,500 houses will be demolished and that two new Garda
stations be built along with two sports campuses.
set out clearly the physical infrastructure required but as
we have always said it is the social regeneration aspect which
represents the biggest challenge, therefore it gets most attention
in the plan," said the chief executive of the Regeneration
Agencies, Brendan Kenny, at a press conference this Monday morning.
One suggestion in
the detailed documents is that a tracking system should be rolled
out for young people. "This mechanism would identify those
at risk of dropping out of mainstream services as well as identifying
agencies and services required to support them," state
the vision documents.
It is also suggested
that some existing schools should be demolished and new ones
built in their place.
Another radical proposal
is that "certificates of eligibility" will be required
from Gardaí and Limerick City Council before anyone is
allocated a house and according to the vision documents: "Engagement
in anti-social activity by any member of the household will
seriously jeopardise their chances of getting a new home in
the new regenerated areas."