FINE Gael TD for Cork North Central, Bernard Allen has urged the government to continue to make funding available for the regeneration of housing estates on the north side of the city.
Deputy Allen made the comments following the official opening by the Lord Mayor of Cork of the latest phase of the Knocknaheeny regeneration scheme and the sod turning of the phase 2 of the Glen regeneration scheme.
Deputy Allen said, “I welcome the continued progress being made with these regeneration projects which will have a major impact on the physical environment in both Knocknaheeny and The Glen.
“It is imperative however that investment continues and funding solutions are found to extend these types of works across the north side of Cork city. In the Government’s own words there is ‘a lot done, but a lot more to do’.
“There are still thousands of family living in accommodation that is badly in need of updating and improvement and vast areas of the city both north and south of the Lee are in need of public realm improvements and community facilities.
“Such vital works are often the first things to be cut in times of economic pressure. I am calling on Cork City Council to continue to lobby strongly for funding and also urge the Government not to be short-sighted as funding for communities now will save multiples for the State in the future,” he said.