Decision not to rezone area welcomed

WATERFORD Council of Trades Union has welcomed the decision of the City Council not to rezone Wyse Park in the city centre.

The announcement came after a campaign to save the park garnered widespread public support. The group has now renewed its plea to the council not to proceed with the rezoning of New Street, which lies adjacent to Wyse Park.

The proposed rezoning of New Street from residential to commercial use is intended to pave the way for the construction of what the groups believes will be the “grossly disproportionate and inappropriate Brewery Shopping Centre”.

The construction of the proposed development would entail the demolition of an entire quarter of Waterford city centre.

The only beneficiaries of the rezoning are the property developers, the WCTU feels, and it will be at the expense of the residents who would forced to move from a street many of whom have lived on for decades.

WCTU president Tom Creedon said they will keep up the fight.

“While we welcome the decision not to rezone Wyse Park, pushing ahead with the proposed rezoning of New Street seems to defy logic”, he said.

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