Dungarvan must not be afforded second class status in Regional Plan – McGuinness

Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Dungarvan must not be afforded second class status in the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) that is currently being developed. In a submission to the Southern Regional Assembly the Sinn Féin councillor also called for community and recreational infrastructure to be seen as a strategic priority for the town. 

“There is a proposal on the table that would see Dungarvan relegated to a second tier status within the regional plan and my submission to the Southern Regional Assembly sets out a strong case for this proposal to be rejected. 

“The RSES will inform policy and planning decisions for years to come. Undermining Dungarvan’s status as proposed could lead to negative future repercussions when it comes to development, investment and prioritisation of funding. 

“Dungarvan is an economic driver of sub-regional importance and a significant employment hub. It’s role as a services and administration hub must also be fully recognised.

“My submission also calls for the provision of community and recreational infrastructure in Dungarvan to be seen as a strategic priority. The development of community and recreational facilities in Dungarvan has not kept pace with the growth of the town, and from a strategic point of view there is a need to deliver a number of significant infrastructure projects including a multi-use community facility and an indoor swimming pool.”