Cork North West TD Michael Creed has today (Thursday) welcomed the appointment of a statutory committee by the Minister for the Environment Community & Local Government Alan Kelly TD, to review the Cork City boundary and local Government arrangements in Cork. Commenting on the committees work, Deputy Creed said:
“I welcome any initiative that will put forward solid achievable proposals towards the future development of Cork City and County economically and socially and I hope that this statutory committee can suggest an appropriate framework to provide a basis for this type of planning. I have worked in the past as a member of the local authority on joint initiatives with the City Council such as the Cork Area Strategic Plan to bring about a holistic and cohesive approach to development in Cork.
“I would however caution against a mere redrawing of boundaries which would see the City Council assume areas of Cork County territory which have benefitted and grown through successive County development plans and are of strategic and financial importance to the County authority. The review Committee’s proposals must resist placing the emphasis on urban development and ensure that interests of citizens in Rockchapel are balanced with those of residents in Blackrock”.