12 Aug 2022

Community facilities must accompany any new houses in Kilkenny — councillor

Community facilities must accompany any new houses in Kilkenny — councillor

Community facilities and public transport links must be part and parcel of any new major housing development in the western environs of Kilkenny City, a local councilor has warned.

Speaking to the Kilkenny People, Cllr Paddy McKee said Kilkenny is in the midst of a housing crisis, and any steps to address this are welcome.

“However, we cannot forget that the necessary community facilities must be provided in line with these houses,” he said.

“Leaving families without adequate access to childcare, recreational facilities and public transport links will not be acceptable. This has happened in the past and we cannot allow it to happen again going forward.

“I would be concerned about this and will be highlighting my concerns with the Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council.”

Cllr McKee said the project must also be delivered upon in a timely fashion — and not left on a shelf gathering dust like other projects in the past.

“Until I see boots on the ground I won’t be satisfied,” he said.

“What is crucially important at this stage however, given the enormous scale of the project, is that the views and opinions of local residents are heard loud and clear.”

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