A PLAN to extend a northside community centre has been given the green light by Limerick City and County Council.
Management at the St Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre in Kileely Court at Kileely applied to the local authority to build a single storey extension and a new entrance to the building.
The project, which is at shovel ready stage, will ensure elderly people can remain in the centre for longer, says manager Linda Ledger.
“It will mean especially for the elderly they won’t be thrown out.
“At the moment, they must leave at 2pm, as we have to get the centre ready for he youth clubs and exercise classes. It means they can sit here until 4pm, and use it as a day centre, chatting among themselves,” she explained.
It is anticipated that metropolitan area councillors for the northside of the city will use €50,000 of a special fund set aside for community projects.
And Linda says that she is hopeful the centre will receive additional funding from the JP McManus Foundation. The centre is also raising funds through its own efforts.
For elderly folk in the parish, Linda says having a few extra hours in the centre can make a world of difference.
“They don’t want to stay past four as it is getting dark then. But it will save them money on heating bills, and what have you, as they are not at home so long,” she said.
Linda says it is difficult to have to ask people to leave at 2pm - and this day room will mean they won’t have to do this any more.
“It is awful. They are sitting there, and they just want to hold onto their cup of tea. They just want somewhere they can go, “ she said.
Local authority planners gave the development the go-ahead, subject to four conditions. These include the extension be used as a single storey unit, and that no changes of use will be allowed without a further grant of planning permission.
If you would like to donate to the extension, or receive more information, please contact the St Munchin’s Community Centre at 061-458651.