City Manager, Joe Gavin will present his draft plan for a City Boundary Extension to councillors at the CCC meeting Monday 13th Nov.
His plans for the extension commence at Poulavone Roundabout to the east of Ballincollig, the proposed new boundary travels north to Kerry Pike and then northwest to the N20/R617 east of Blarney and continues northwest taking in Monard and Rathpeacon and south of Whitechurch and Carrignavar until it meets the Glashaboy River at Dunbulloge Bridge. It then follows the Glasaboy River generally eastwards to Upper Glanmire Bridge before turning northeast along the R616 and the south to the N8, Dublin Road north of Sallybrook and Sarsfield Court. Further east of this point it then travels southwards to the Glanmire By pass and then eastwards to Ballycurreen before turning southwards again to the inner harbour west of Carrigtohill to encompass Glounthane and Little Island. It crosses Lough Mahon and then down the West Passage of the river to south of Monkstown. It comes inland along Monkstown Creek at Raffeen and eastwards along the Glounatouig Stream and the R613 north of Carrigaline as far as Ballygarvan. It then swings northwards west of the Airport and then north westwards to include Waterfall and Ballynora ot the west of Curraheen. Then it continues north along the Ballincollig Bypass link road to the starting location at Poulavone Roundabout east of Ballincollig.
Joe Gavin went on to point out;
Cork City is 6 % below its predicted 2006 population level whilst the remainder of Metropolitan Cork is 11 % above its predicted level and the outer ring is 4% above its predicted 2006.
An expansion of the city boundary will reduce these problems significantly through having control of these issues in the City Council where urban development policy objectives can be pursued with increased certainty.
Cities generally demonstrate greater levels of socio-economic disadvantage than neighboring county areas. Cork City is no exception. Key indicators are:
â€¢ 40% of Cork Cityâ€™s population live in areas designated under the Governmentâ€™s RAPID Programme
â€¢ In the â€œMapping Povertyâ€ Reportâ€* issued by the Combat Poverty Agency and the Institute of Public Administration in 2005, Cork City exhibits high poverty risks for all categories in the national context nationally and in most cases is about 30 -40% higher than County Cork. Specific examples are
a) Disparities in income poverty risk by area (national average = 1.0) Cork City -1.4; Cork County -1.0
b) Disparities in risk of modified consistent poverty by area Cork City -1.3; Cork County â€“ 0.9
A boundary extension would not ameliorate absolute levels of disadvantage, but would allow social balance to be improved in a larger with the consequential benefits of
a) A wider variety of role-models and networks available to residents than would be the case in area with high concentrations of social housing. This will improve access to both economic and wider quality of life opportunities
b) Anti-social behaviour is likely to be more effectively sanctioned in an informal manner.
c) A wider range of employment opportunities that will suit the occupants of social and affordable housing. As some of these jobs will be low-paying, the proximity of employees to their place of work will be a key factor in accessing employment and retaining it. Transport costs increase with distance between residence and employment. Distance also creates other barriers to employment. In addition many employment opportunities are conveyed by word-of-mouth, so being in the right place at the right time will also be important.
d) The converse of c) also applies. It is important to have a supply of labour close to employment so that prospective employers will have an opportunity to access this resource. In the period since 1971, the proportion of children aged under 15 and married couples has steadily decreased in the City compared to the rest of the Cork Metropolitan Area. In the same period there has been an increase in the proportion of single people and persons aged 60 and over. Continuation of these trends will lead to a decline in the most active section of the population in the city and a skewing of service provision. This will have adverse implications for both policy and operational development within the city.