Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
Following the guilty verdict in the Dungarvan corruption case the local branch of the SWP calls on Minister Jan 0'Sullivan to add Waterford City and County to the list of areas under planning review, following the result of the Mahon Tribunal Inquiry. There has always been unease in Waterford regarding many of the planning decisions of recent years, especially around the coastal district and scenic areas, flood plains along the rivers, around the outskirts of the city as well as concerns about the quality, density and apartment size at Penrose Lane and other areas, and the rezoning of the New St. district which effectively forced many elderly locals out of their homes. Corruption was not confined to Dublin as the recent local case points out and, as Mahon said,"was in fact endemic in the planning system". Everyone knows that many local councillors and officials have close ties to the building industry, developers and land owners across the city and county and if we are ever to stamp our Graft, all those involved must be exposed and brought to justice to ensure Developer led planning never returns to blight our cities and countryside.
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