suzy61 wrote:You build a new housing estate, you should HAVE to contribute to the upgrading of existing transport-I mean buses and trains etc,- or provide new transport-stations, etc, like the estate being built near Howth, beside the railway line.A new station is being put in as part of that development. Means more overcrowding on the trains, but at least it's a start....
Contrary to opinion previously expressed here developers do pay significant contributions for transport infrastructure, take Adamstown for example where there will be a train station next year and a 2 QBC's inside the estate as well as the developers stumping up 11,000 per unit of which 40% or 4,400 per unit is directly attributable to the provision of roads, rail etc.
The problem here is not that the private sector isn't contributing, it is that Local Authorities are not spending the development levies on the purpose for which the monies were levied in the first place. The local authorities are not in a position to do so because successive governments are not giving the local authorities sufficient funding to run their existing services such as Waste, Libraries and parks.
Where this is particularly noticeable are in places such as Kildare, Meath and Westmeath where the developers have paid up but the Local Authorites have diverted the cash, what is required are regional transport development bodies along the lines of the regional waste authorities that have responsibility for allocating the funds as levied. The current situation is not acceptable and this outer ring road will be little more than an orbital carpark shortly after completion.