Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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North Quays Draft Planning Scheme

Councillor Eddie Mulligan very much looked forward to the North Quays Strategic Development Zone Draft Planning Scheme Workshop held on Tuesday 26th September. The Councillors were presented with details of the new draft planning scheme, incorporating the North Quays.

He is anxious that with such a high volume of critical mass parking, outlined for the site. In addition to a rail and bus transport interchange hub. That his requests, at previous meetings, for a new iconic pedestrian/public transport bridge across the River Suir are acceded to. The success of the project will depend on the connectivity between the existing City Centre and new development.

"This new interconnector is critical and fundamental to the future long term success of Waterford City", according to Cllr Mulligan.

Commenting, Cllr Mulligan stated, "It is vital that we ensure and encourage, free movement of people to the oldest City in Ireland. Maximum possible footfall must be delivered to protect the businesses and community facilities, on the South side of the river. In relation to being a centre/hub to locate "Financial Services and Information Communication Technology", I would like to see building heights being maintained to a similar level to the derelict buildings that were removed."

Cllr Mulligan hopes that the Waterfront development will be centred on the huge natural asset that is the River Suir. "I hope that the new design/layout will manage to utilise the full potential of the riverfront. With due consideration being given to clever and appropriate use of the wide open public spaces."

However, Cllr Mulligan states that it is vital that the Government now address the administrational and local governance issues that are fast arising. With a rapid shift in momentum, this development must be a priority for Minister Halligan and Deputy Deasy. "They (Halligan and Deasy) need to deliver the circa €60,000,000 capital infrastructure, needed to drive this vision forward."

"Our City’s boundary issues will not go away. The governance and administration of an expanded City, to the North, must be addressed in line with our projected growth", according to Cllr Mulligan.

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