kesey wrote:republic of cork, please give examples of the recommendations of planners which were ignored. The City Manager has attempted to drag the planners out of the 18th century. They haved kicked and screamed and want to stay as unambitious and as unexciting as possible. The planners sadly have no wish to help in the creation of an exciting vibrant city. The cats' vomit at Victoria Cross - from the Victoria Mills to the excremental trident at the Kingsley - give no grounds for hope of imagination from our most illustrious planners.
Lets face it the planners are only ok. the education of a planner doesnt really give a true appreciation for urban design or architecture and current zoning policies are creating enormouse social and transport problems. But the regeneration of the city is something they have been trying to work on. The city owns much public space and like it or not the regeneration of Patrick Street and the Grand Parade will help Cork. The repair and reinforcement of areas of public space is a tried and tested form of regeneration of cities. In combination with this simple buildings like Soho Bar on the Grand Parade will help to regenerate life and interest in the city. Thats what we are trying to do? Isnt it? Aren't we trying to reinvent the cist like Bristol or Newcastle or Barcelona? To give it new life?.............but we are not, we are handing it over to developers.
Look at the file for 21 Lavitts Quay. The recomendations of the planners and public professionals were to reduce the height of the building and relook at the architectural expression. This building has seriously damaged the continuation of the quay, the setting of listed buildings and the riverscape as a whole. It did not need to be that way and a sensitivly designed building here could have greatly contributed to the environment of the city and equally to the pocket of the Developer and the CV of the City Manager. In his wisdom though the City Manager ignored the appointed Government Professionals and in the interests of nobody but the Developer, who stood to make huge profits either way, granted permission for the building. Therefor the opportunity for the city generally to have a positive influence from this building has been missed and the protection we get however frustrating and even inept it might be from paid professional public servants is lost. So we have nothing but the taste and stupidity of a developer combined with the ego and self promotion of a Manager.........and the City will suffer long term. What a missed opportunity for the city and in reality a greatly missed oportunity for the developer. In the long run this crude building which is all vulgar show and no substance will not hold its value. This is example number One.
Here is number Two:
Railings went up in front of 51 Popes Quay in Cork City Centre, enclosing a piece of public ground. It is a wedge shape created by the straightening of the river which used to run at an angle. It is an exciting public space of huge potential to the city. The railings went up over Chrismas of 2005 while the Planning Dept was closed. Planning was sought to retain them and was reccomended for rejection for many reasons: style, planting, suburbanisation of the space, bad design etc and the fact that it enclosed public land for the private use of only one individual! This area is right in the centre of Cork.
The City Manager makes many mistakes by ignoring valid comment and professional recomendations on particular sites. The City council go along with this. It would be like the Government allowing the President to overrule one bill after another.
Sean Keohane is the owner of the property that railed off public land for his private car parking. He is a developer and is trying to develope other areas of the city.
The Civic Trust house is next door. It is an exceptionally rare building of about 1740.
The Civic Trust has not notably been active in Cork recently. It is run by John Miller. John has no training in architecture or history and is an Accountant. John likes to park his car in front of the Civic Trust house when he arrives at work. He might say the buildings are vulnerable and his experience is limited to the idea of providing railings. Railings and a car park for his car.
An application for planning to retain the railings at 51 Poes Quay and add them to the Civic trust house at Number 50 the Civic Trust house was made. It was approved by the City Manager ignoring the recomendations not to do so by the planning department.
The decision was appealed so the application was withdrawn by Mr Keohane and the Civic Trust. No doubt all parties knew that Bord Pleanala would not allow the transfer of public space to private use or the inappropriate design of the railings in proximity to an 18th C. building.
A new tack was presented...............the manager proposed to sell the land to Sean Keohane of 51 Popes Quay first, to presumably strengthening his situation in terms of planning to retaint the railings.
The manager argued to the Council and against protest..............it was voted to sell the land to Sean Keohane for....1 euro.
Having investigated the land from historic maps and from local people i am positive this area was always public space and used as such. When the civic trust house was being developed a few years ago it was left unfinished by the City Council.
This would not happen in say.....France, because they have a democracy, they do things in the interests of the greater good not the exploitation of public assets for individual people at the expense of others.
This situation is rotten to the core. It is entierly undemocratic and demonstrates the flaw in the City Manager system in Ireland and also the lack of any serious Civic Trust in Cork. Cork is being ripped to shreds at present. The sise of the city may limit it intellectually. We also have no free press as the local papers often have development issues themselves.
At the very least these actions are dishonest and are related to influence peddling? At worst they are much more and we may only imagine what else is going on. When will the government intervene as it has done so before on realising that the system is not working in Cork?
Lavitts quay has an extremely rare building that was once the Lavitt Gallery. Watch as the City Manager allows it to be destroyed. We are nearly the richest country in the world and we cant build well in an urban environment and we cant integrate our heritage with development. We are limited here to the single cow farm ambitions of a few unqualified people. It is a crying shame for our City and this Country and it will ensure the development of this country as a one City State and Cork as a place of provincial mediocraty. So many of us are ashamed of this City and those who represent us. We are ashamed because they don't represent us. They represent themselves.
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