OF RESIDENTS WANT TO STAY!
The Moyross Residents'
Alliance welcomes the forthcoming publication of the Plan for
the regeneration of Limerick and look forward to studying it
carefully. However, it is clear that any proposed physical regeneration
of our troubled estates will take many years to complete. Therefore,
the immediate challenge for both Limerick City Council and the
Northside Regeneration Agency must be to ensure that residents
enjoy the confidence and stability promised by the Fitzgerald
Report, while we await construction of our new homes.
Since the publication
of the Fitzgerald Report Limerick City Council has spent millions
of Euro acquiring peoples homes for as little as €20,000
in exchange for rented accommodation in other estates.
Acceptance of the
councils offer is conveniently interpreted as 'wanting to leave'
and people lose their right to a new house in the newly regenerated
area. Council tenants are also being re-located. Most of the
people that have moved out are law-abiding and decent. But it
should be acknowledged that in its rush to depopulate, Limerick
City Council has also displaced some troubled families, denying
them the opportunity of social regeneration. This policy may
not be illegal, but it is immoral.
put, it is taking advantage of the disadvantaged.
it has now been brought to our attention that a senior member
of the Limerick Regeneration Board is going around Moyross threatening
homeowners that their homes will be compulsory purchased if
they refuse the Council offer.
The ongoing depopulation
of Moyross by Limerick City Council is undermining the hope
and goodwill that residents initially had towards regeneration.
Perfectly good houses are being boarded up as people vacate
and parts of Moyross that used to look normal now look run-down
and frightening. This degeneration process must stop.
We propose that Limerick
City Council repopulate these houses with people already living
in the area. This would enable people to stay in Moyross as
they wait for their new homes to be built while freeing up houses
City Council proposes to spend €2.8 million of taxpayers
money to rent private houses in other estates and sublet them
to people from regeneration areas. However, our depopulation
/ repopulation approach would save millions in taxpayers money
while at the same time revitalising parts of Moyross and raising
the communities spirit. Furthermore, both Paul Foley and Michael
O'Kelly of the Northside Regeneration Agency have expressed
their support for our strategy.
Northside Regeneration Agency have told us that Limerick City
Council have refused to even consider our proposal as they intend
to knock all the houses in the next 18 months.
This is nothing short
City Council cannot legally demolish a house unless it is declared
derelict. In fact, our council is legally obliged to let out
any house it acquires that is not derelict.
Secondly, it is envisaged that the physical regeneration of
Moyross will take 5 to 10 years, so how can all our homes be
demolished in the next 18 months if our new homes won't be ready?
We will be supplying
Limerick City Council with the names and addresses of law-abiding
people that want to be re-housed within Moyross while we await
to be about people. Take for example the case of one elderly
resident whose health is failing and who lives in a block where
all the other houses are derelict.
City Council have approached him on numerous occasions and offered
him rental accommodation elsewhere in the city, which he has
declined. However, this resident would be willing to vacate
his home if he could move to Delmege Park where his immediate
family live and would be in a better position to take care of
This particular part
of Delmege Park has no derelict houses, but six of them are
If Limerick City
Council could facilitate this man, and others like him, then
we would begin have a regeneration process that puts the community
first. More blocks would become empty and our council could
hand these over to the Regeneration Agency for legal demolition.
It is our hope that common sense and decency will prevail.
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