Thursday, 15 February 2007

Is Dublin's sprawl hurting your health?

RTE Online tells us of how the Government has been warned that ongoing Dublin suburban sprawl could lead to health problems for many people and dangerously skewed development.
The Urban Forum, which is made up of five planning groups, has called for the creation of a second urban centre in the west to rival the capital and for the National Spatial Strategy to be redrawn.
It is also demanding increased staffing of planning bodies and a greater emphasis on high-speed rail.
AdvertisementThe forum is made up of: Engineers Ireland; the Irish Landscape Institute; the Irish Planning Institute; the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and the Society of Chartered Surveyors.
It has warned that Dublin is expanding so quickly it will soon occupy the same surface area as Los Angeles, but with less than a quarter of its population.
As a consequence, the average car in Ireland travels 70% more each year than France, 50% more than Britain - and even 30% more than the USA.
The Forum says there is substantial evidence to suggest this will lead obesity, cardiovascular disease, asthma and increased rates of social isolation.

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