LIMERICK Labour Party TD Jan O’Sullivan has urged local people in St Mary’s Parish to attend the briefing in City Hall this Thursday in advance of the planning application being sent to An Bord Pleanála soon afterwards.
“This scheme has been a long time coming and is hugely important for all those families who live near the river and are in fear of a recurrence of the devastating flooding in 2014.
The original plans were put on display in the King’s Island Community Centre last year and the concerns of local people and sports clubs have led to some changes already. Progress has been made since the visit of Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and there is now a chance to ensure that the best possible proposals are sent to ABP.”
Deputy O’Sullivan said that, while there is a statutory timeframe for An Bord Pleanála to make its decision, there should be no delay after that in the design, tendering and construction phases of the scheme.
“There has been anxiety in the Parish for a long time and some fear that effective flood defences might never come to fruition. Thursday’s Information Day is a further step in the right direction and we need to see things moving quickly after that.”