Essential Reading for 'Regeneration' Communities

Housing for Need not Greed is a new publication from Tenants First that highlights the collapse of the PPP model for regeneration and demands a better equation for the building and regeneration of Communities. "The fear and quality of life is far worse than any time in the past. The conditions in the estates in Limerick and Dublin are now far worse than they were when regeneration was first mentioned"

In 2006Tenant’s First produced The Real Guide to Regeneration for Communities. The aim of this document is to ensure that Communities are empowered to make a clear rational decision about the future of their own areas. That means to begin with making a decision about whether to say yes or no to the regeneration - degeneration agenda.

Free preview of Chapter 9. Regeneration: public good or private profit, documents the trials and triumphs of the regeneration process at St Michael's Estate, Inchicore, Dublin, Ireland from the community perspective. Dr Bissett uncovers the mechanics of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) as a model and names the deliberate exclusion of a Community. Learn more about the book.

Prouduced by Dublin's Canal Community Partnership, Regeneration: Learnings & Insights is presented as "common-sense lessons on regeneration and development for local authorities and development consortiums". There is an address on page 4 by then Assistant Dublin City Manager, Brendan Kenny (now CEO of Limerick's Regeneration Agencies)

In 2007, Dublin's Fatima Groups United commissioned the Community Action Network (CAN) to produce Things Can Be Different, which further examines best practice and learning’s. There is plenty of advice for Communities when it comes to dealing with poweful bodies and state agencies and the the types of bad behaviour to watch out for, such as "Suggesting communication through informal arrangements" (one on one's, friendly chats etc.)

Skidmore, Kirsten Bound and Hannah Lownsbrough. This report from the UK explores whether policies to involve people in making decisions about their own communities are effective in building strong social networks. It address issues of interest to people at all levels of governance, from politicians and policy makers to those campaigning on local issues. Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

More insightful than the Fitzgerald Report and written 43 years ago by Fr. Liam Ryan, Social Dynamite: A Study of Early School-Leavers, argues for the urgent need for the social regeneration of a newly built Council estate "situated in the suburbs of one of our larger cities", which he calls Parkland to avoid adding to the "amused hostility" of "the better educated classes" towards the estate. The city in question is Limerick and the estate is Ballinacurra Weston.

Residents First- towards real community participation in regeneration areas' was produced by the Ballinacurra Weston Residents' Alliance (BWRA) in association with Limerick Regeneration Watch. It highlights the fraudulent nature of the Limerick Regeneration Agencies engagement with communities under their remit and charts the history of that engagment in Ballinacurra Weston. It argues for the urgent need for change and real community participation.