“City centre needs urgent action”

first_imgNewsLocal News“City centre needs urgent action”By admin – September 3, 2010 407 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Printcenter_img Chamber supports recommendation of Limerick Local Government Committee President of Limerick Chamber Kieran Mac Sweeny said: “The Chamber’s number one priority was that any changes to the local government structure would deliver a City of sufficient scale that will allow it to reach its full potential so that it would become a driver of growth and development throughout the entire region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up   We believe the report delivers this.”“The report highlighted that €20million in savings could be achieved as a result of their recommendations. The Chamber in their submission looked for any savings to be ring fenced and used to bring down commercial rates in the City and on City Centre public realm improvements.  We are delighted to see this in the report.  Limerick city has the highest commercial rates in the state and one of the highest rates of unemployment.  We need lower rates to protect existing businesses and to attract investment and jobs to our city.” “The report correctly highlights the seriousness of the situation in Limerick City and the need for immediate action which was the core of the Chamber submission” Mr. Mac Sweeny continued.   “We were concerned that the combining both authorities would require primary legislation and the process might take years, however we have been assured that this could happen very quickly if it gets the support of the people of the region and the key stakeholders.”“While a period of consultation is the correct way forward we in the Chamber will be ensuring that the key critical recommendations are not diluted or compromised.  It is now critical that we come together and support the recommendations of the Limerick Local Government Committee and ensure they are adopted as soon as possible.  We must rise above individual needs and look at what is best for the people of Limerick and the region.  We believe that under a more productive and focused local government structure, the city and region has the potential to offer a quality of life to its citizens that is unparalleled in the country.”  Mr. Mac Sweeney concluded. Email Linkedin Previous articleAnglo hangover – Limerick Post EditorialNext articleLimerick ladies reach All Ireland final adminlast_img

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