A NORTHSIDE councillor is to appeal to the local authority to review a proposed housing development in Clonmacken in Limerick.
Limerick City and County Council is seeking to build 40 houses on a portion of land adjacent to the Condell Road, between the North Circular Road and Clonmacken.
It is expected the council will seek planning permission for the development by Christmas, with the build being made possible thanks to a €7.1m grant from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
Cllr Joe Crowley has expressed concern at the development, and the impact it might have on nearby residents, plus a lack of amenities.
But fellow northside members Cllr Maurice Quinlivan and Cian Prendiville have come out in favour of the project. Cllr Quinlivan said the development does not go far enough.
“There are 5,000 people looking for a home on the social housing list. The government are giving us 40 in the city. If people have a problem with this location, they should come back with a location they should put it. I think we should build as fast as possible, while taking into account the needs of residents.”
He said if the development was to be a success, Bus Eireann needs to introduce a bus service to serve the new estate.
And the Sinn Fein councillor said he was disappointed after Local Government Minister Alan Kelly came to Limerick to announce a €57m investment in April that just 40 city homes have been announced so far.
“He seems to be the minister for announcements. Because there all announcements, and very little delivery,” Cllr Quinlivan said.
Agreeing with this point was Cllr Prendiville, who said: “The state needs to be building far more houses. There is a housing crisis in this city, rents are skyrocketing, the numbers facing homelessness is also rising. In reality these houses are only a drop in the ocean of what is needed, but I welcome that drop.”
He said he does not accept concerns raised about facilities for new residents of the proposed estate. “This area has long been zoned for housing, is very well connected, and I’m sure there are hundreds, if not thousands of families who would be delighted to move in,” he added.
Margaret Browne, vice-chair of the Caherdavin Residents Association also moved to point out that contrary to comments made in last week’s Limerick Chronicle, the new houses are not part of Caherdavin, with Clonmacken – although close by – regarded as a separate area. She stressed residents in Caherdavin would have no issue with social housing, saying similar houses are already located in the area.