Cork City Council continuously seeks to promote and support the local economy and ensure that the City is an attractive place to visit, dine and shop.
For the past number of years, City Council has operated a number of incentives to encourage footfall, spend and interest in the City Centre in the lead up to Christmas. You will be aware that as part of this endeavour an incentivised parking promotion was run in October/November 2011, 2012 and 2013.
It will form part of a plan for a major renovation on Lapp’s Quay and the top of South Mall. The purchase of the building and the cost of upgrading the public realm nearby over the next two years will cost to €1.9m.
The City Council is currently in the process of reviewing the City Development Plan 2009 and preparing a new City Development Plan. The current City Plan runs to 2015 and the new Plan will cover the period from 2015 – 2021.
The Development Plan will set out an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the City for a six-year period and set out a guiding policy for the development of the city in terms of physical growth and renewal, economic, social and cultural activity and environmental protection and enhancement.
Cork City Council has published proposals for the major new Marina Park, the first phase of which will cost €3.5million.
The section of the Marina that runs alongside the river Lee will be pedestrianized and transformed into a wide promenade for walkers, joggers and cyclists. The footpath on the river side will be brought level with a new road surface while the south-side footpath will be replaced with grass.
National Spring Clean takes place during the month of April 2014. Play your part by organising a clean-up of your area by your Community or Residents’ Association
The National Spring Clean is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
The campaign runs throughout the month of April every year with clean-up events taking place in towns and communities all over the country. Over 500,000 volunteers participated in clean-ups throughout the country last April.
Cork City Council owns the single largest fibre network in the State.
The Cork City MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) provides a 55km fibre optic telecommunication infrastructure around Cork City. The route provides broadband and other telecommunication services to significant employers in the City, across all sectors, including technology and ICT, pharmaceutical, international and local banking sectors as well as the university and college campuses within the City – all of whom require a secure and high bandwidth service.
There were a number of incidents throughout Cork and the rest of the country, which were both frightening and tragic. Over the Christmas period a woman was killed in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, by a falling tree. Cork County Council had to ask land owners to check their properties for damaged trees after one tree fell on the road near Monkstown. Frighteningly, the roof over part of a platform was blown down at Cork’s Kent Train Station, with a narrow escape for many passengers.
Housing Grants are provided to facilitate the continued independent living by older people and persons with a disability, in their own homes. There has been an increase in the amount of money available, rising from €35million to €38million for 2014. Funding under these grants is facilitated by Cork City Council.
I have included some details below on both types of grants. If you think that you may be eligible for either, please do not hesitate to contact me and I can arrange to send an application form to you.