Limerick Leader - Saturday, 28 August 2010.
criticise Limerick City Council for rejecting plan to clean
residents' group in Ballinacurra Weston has criticised Limerick
City Council for not allowing them to clean up derelict houses
in the estate.
Residents' Alliance (BWRA), which met this week, approached
the local authority to clean up empty in the estate, as well
as the areas around them.
However, they were
told there would be issues around insurance to enter derelict
houses, as well as various other health and safety issues
But the alliance
now says it will go ahead with a clean-up, with or without the
The director of southside
regeneration, Brendan Hayden, has issued a "come and get
me" plea to the residents, saying funding may be available
to allow them clean up the houses.
Matt Collins said the Council's refusal to allow the group to
enter houses and clean them "beggared belief".
He is concerned that
children in the estate may be injured because the Council had
yet to secure the properties.
of health and safety issues that we wanted to clean up the properties
in the first place. We've asked the Council to secure these
properties. It's only a matter of time before a child gets injured,
or, worse, killed. I've witnessed kids from outside the area
running along the roofs throwing stones at property and passers-by,"
Former local election
candidate Cathal McCarthy, the alliance's PRO, added: "Residents
need to see practical improvements now, not in 20 years' time
when the market has recovered. Most of the money that is earmarked
for regeneration is for roads and other infrastructural works.
This begs the question: whose benefit is regeneration for -
the developers or the residents? It's about time that Limerick
City Council and the Regeneration Agency started to listen to
residents and engage with our alliance in a meaningful and honest
Contacted by the
Limerick Leader, Mr Hayden said the regeneration agency would
be willing to facilitate a community clean-up of littered homes
in Ballinacurra Weston.
"It is our aim
to keep the areas as clean as possible. Generally, if there
is a request made to the agency for a clean-up, we will do it,
or organise a group to go in and do it. We would have no difficulty
in organising something in Ballinacurra Weston. We could organise
Southill House to do the same (provide the equipment) on a one-off
basis until the group is equipped and covered. It's a great
way of getting the community involved, and have them taking
ownership of their own areas," he said.