The Minister for the Environment (Dublin), John Gormley was to publish a white paper
on the boundary issue in early March 2009.
Who knows maybe they might even move the Tipperary County Boundary along the Mulcair River. Then the Limerick-Regional-City would be administrated by four local authorities!
An Taisce scathing over state of Limerick planning
Thu, Apr 16, 2009
LIMERICK CITY and its environs â€œrank as a European, if not an international, worst-case scenario in poor strategic planningâ€, according to a hard-hitting submission from An Taisceâ€™s heritage officer, Ian Lumley.
Mayor of Limerick John Gilligan (Ind) yesterday said that Mr Lumley â€œis dead rightâ€. The mayor said Limerick had â€œsuffered enormously by being run by three different local authoritiesâ€.
Mr Lumley made his submission to the Mid-West Regional Authority on new planning guidelines for the region.
In it, he says Limerick city centre â€œis suffering serious retail and commercial decline, while unsustainable levels of car-based urban fringe development on the US model have been facilitated in the two county local authority areas, without any strategic integration and exacerbating self-reinforcing patterns of urban decline and urban edge sprawlâ€.
Mr Lumley argues that while a planning, land use and transport strategy was commissioned by the local authorities in the region over a decade ago, â€œselfish, short-term interests along with the grabbing of rates, revenue-generating development in inappropriate urban fringe locations in the Clare and Limerick county areas has rendered strategic planning of the Limerick city environs a shamblesâ€.
He further states: â€œApart from being one of the most unsustainably car-dependent cities of its size in Europe, the new development created in the sprawl areas of retail parks and surface car parks in locations like Childers Road or beyond the Ennis Road are an inefficient land use, visually bleak and above all, utterly lacking in creating and fostering a sustainable citywide community and accelerating and reinforcing the Limerick city areaâ€™s uniquely pocketed urban deprivation.â€
He claims that the development of Limerick and the midwest â€œhas replicated the pattern of poor regional planning structures and urban sprawl which has characterised development nationallyâ€.
â€œThe maintenance of inappropriate county boundary distinctions between Limerick city and Clare and Limerick county councils has significantly impeded the sustainable development of Limerick as the regional gateway to the midwest.
â€œThe most problematic areas of urban deprivation within Limerick city has been largely bypassed by the impact of the boom.â€
Mr Lumley states: â€œAlthough Limerick is situated at the junction of four railway lines, the opportunity of nucleating development along rail corridors has been lost.â€
He also claims that the development of the Shannon tunnel â€œhas not been integrated with any creditable city transportation strategy to reduce car dependence or capitalise on the benefit to the city centre of the bypassing of through trafficâ€.
Mr Gilligan has called on the Minister for the Environment to establish a boundary commission to determine the need for a boundary extension to Limerick city.
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