Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed movement on a Local Area Plan for Dungarvan and Ballinroad and encouraged members of the public to have their say.
“I am glad to see movement towards developing a Local Area Plan for Dungarvan, Abbeyside and Ballinroad. There is a need for a well though out plan for the development of the urban area and its environs. This is the logical next step following the adoption of a new Development Plan for Waterford City and County last year.
“The Local Area Plan will be based on the Development plan but will provide the opportunity for a more detailed and locally-focused strategy for how Dungarvan, Abbeysdie and Ballincourty develop over the next six-years.
“The availability of housing remain the biggest challenge facing us locally. The housing crisis is causing huge hardship to families and individuals and it has proven to be a barrier to economic development.
“We also need to see greater investment in social and community infrastructure to serve the growing population. There is no stand-alone community centre in the area, we desperately need a family resource centre, and as our population ages we need to see a greater focus on infrastructure that supports older people.
“There is a need to consider transport links and infrastructure as we map out a strategy for Dungarvan, Abbeyside and Ballinroad – and to ensure that the decisions we take are forward thinking, future-proofed and sustainable.
“I am very keen that people are empowered to have their voice heard on these issues. I have argued that the same format of in-depth public consultation that underpinned the development plan making process would be used again for the Local Area Plan.
“The Council has issued a pre-draft issues paper, which can be viewed online at consult.waterfordcouncil.ie/en/browse or in person at the Civic Offices and Library and the public are invited to make a submission up until 7th March. The Council is also hosting consultation meetings for individuals and groups between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday 15th February in the Civic Offices.”