Tuesday 16 September 2008

Green light for renewal plans

MASTERPLANS for the regeneration of four run down council estates in Limerick were yesterday endorsed at a private meeting.

And it emerged that some of the plans were stolen last Friday when a car was broken into and a briefcase taken. The briefcase belonged to regeneration agency employee. However, it is believed the thief was unlikely to have known the significance of the contents of the briefcase.

A number of leading firms of architects engaged to draw up the masterplans made their presentations to the two regeneration boards yesterday and were endorsed after a day long meeting.

It is planned to demolish up to 3,000 houses in Southill, Ballinacurra Weston, Moyross and St Mary’s Park.

Brendan Kenny, director of the regeneration agency, said he did not envisage any problems in getting the necessary Government money to finance the planned redevelopment work.

It is expected that the projects could cost about one billion euro.

Mr Kenny said after yesterday’s meeting: “Both boards gave their endorsement to the plans and we will now move forward and meet with government departments who we have already been meeting with.”

He said the plans would be publicly put on view in Limerick after a meeting of the city council on October 28.

Irish Examiner


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