Ballnanty youth centre motion on council agenda

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

A MOTION designed to halt the Limerick Youth Service’s plans to build a new centre in Ballynanty is to be heard at next Monday’s council meeting.

A MOTION designed to halt the Limerick Youth Service’s plans to build a new centre in Ballynanty is to be heard at next Monday’s council meeting.

Councillors Michael Hourigan and Maurice Quinlivan have lodged a notice of motion stating that the city council “does not transfer ownership of the green area at Knockalisheen Avenue, Ballynanty, to any public or private agency.”

If they pass this motion, it would have no effect on the development. Ultimately, a second vote, when the planning process is completed, to dispose of the land, will be the decider.

The motion will appear on the agenda after it was green-lit by the Corporate Policy Group, which decides the order of business.

Housing chair Cllr Tom Shortt, a member of that group, confirmed the motion was deemed “legal and appropriate”.

But he said if the youth service is precluded from building in Ballynanty, it would be an “awful tragedy”.

“I’d like to think councillors would go to the youth cafe to hear the other side of the story from the young people who want these facilities. I looked into one alternative site. But you would only swap one set of problems for another,” he said.

Cllr Diarmuid Scully, also a member of the CPG, said: “I’d be slow to give it [the land] away, but at the same time I know the youth service is an excellent organisation, and a centre is needed on the northside.”