€200 million for local authority housing will reduce waiting lists in Cork and create jobs – Buttimer

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

  • €200 million allocated for local authority housing in Cork.
  • Funding forms part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November. 

In Cork, over €200 million has been allocated to the City and County Councils for local authority housing. This will greatly reduce waiting lists and provides hope for the thousands of families who are waiting for suitable housing.

Cork City Council is to receive €124 million for local authority housing which is expected to meet 21% of housing needs in the City. The County area is to receive over €80 million, which is expected to meet 25% of the total demand. This is not even including the Housing Assistance Payment which will help to further reduce demand on our housing waiting list.

Along with all local authorities, both Councils in Cork have been asked to bring forward the housing unit targets and specific building projects it has planned for now to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015. It is expected that this funding will help create 2,566 housing units in Cork City and County.

In total across the country, over €1.5 billion will be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes by local authorities designed to accommodate 25% of those currently on the housing waiting lists in social housing. Approximately 300 separate building proposals by local authorities are currently being assessed by the Department of Environment and will be announced in a number of phases starting this month. Construction is already underway for social housing in approximately 33 sites throughout the country.

Across Cork this funding will help to create and sustain approximately 1,600 jobs in the construction sector which was so badly affected by the economic crash of recent years. This is a really important part of the Government’s plan to spread job creation and economic recovery to all counties around Ireland so that everyone can feel the benefit.

Local Authority

Provisional Funding Allocation

Targets 2015 – 2017

Impact on Housing Need Assessment Numbers %

Approx Jobs Figures

Cork City Council

124,390,671

1349

21%

995

Cork County Council

80,555,618

1217

25%

644

National Total

1,505,351,200

22,882

12043

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Employment, Environment, National Work

€36 million to improve Cork roads

Cork Local and Regional Roads Funding - 2015Tuesday, 3rd February 2015

  • €36 million in funding will help to improve quality and safety of Cork Roads. 

This allocation of €36 million will allow restoration and improvement works to be carried on Cork roads.  The funding will ensure that essential upkeep and maintenance works on our road network will be carried out, benefitting drivers across Cork City and County.

Locally there are some very crucial projects included in this funding.  The Minister has confirmed that more than €1.6 million will be made available for work on the Carrigaline Western Relief Road.  Residents of Rochestown, Mount Oval, Garryduff and Broadale will benefit from almost €85,000 that has been allocated for works on the Clarke’s Hill – Moneygourney road.

On the western side of Cork City €50,000 has been set aside for road works at Cork Technology Park, Bishopstown.  Each of these projects will improve the quality of our roads, which will benefit all those who drive on our local roads.

The money that has been announced by the Minister is in addition to the money collected locally through the local property tax.  This revenue stream will allow Councils to use the money contributed by those living locally for road projects that will be of direct benefit to their communities.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Transport

Boundary review an opportunity for economic development – Buttimer

Thursday, 15th January 2015

The review of the Cork City boundary and other local government arrangements is an opportunity to provide a platform for further economic development.

This review is an opportunity to ensure that local government structures are changed so that they best serve the people of Cork and the businesses that generate employment in the region.  The city boundary has remained unchanged for over 50 years and in that time the city has expanded beyond the restrictive boundary.   Everyday life and business activities have moved beyond an outdated boundary and this is a welcome opportunity for much needed and long awaited review.

In 2012 the Government set out its local government reform package, ‘Putting People First’.  This review is the next step in those reform proposals.  We now have an opportunity to put in place structures that recognise modern commuting patterns and changes to urban and suburban centres that have taken place across the city and county.

Cork city and county are key centres for economic development and employment creation; now we have an opportunity to put in place structures that will ensure this continues for decades to come. The outcome of this review must deliver reformed structures that will ensure an effective counter-weight to Dublin which will benefit the entire region.  If we can deliver a city of European scale with critical mass we will best serve the future needs of the people of Cork and provide a platform for further economic development.

For further details on the review group see here: http://www.environ.ie/en/LocalGovernment/LocalGovernmentReform/News/MainBody,40018,en.htm

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Environment, National Work