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Set city borders and construct a new ring road
May I suggest few medium / long term improvements to Cork city.
Set the city borders taking onto account planned expansion in next 20-30 years and then construct a ring road around the city similar to M-50 in Dublin to defuse the traffic in the city.
Relocate industrial / commercial sites / estates that are close to residential areas, to more remote areas outside the city. Use those sites in increasing the development of the residential properties and recreational areas.
Prolong the airport runway to receive large overseas plans. Also consider increasing the capacity of the terminal or build a new one in the next 10 - 20 years. Build a new runway if needed. Cork airport needs to be as competitive as Dublin airport in terms of prices, services and routes.
Add bus routes between the suburbs without the need to pass by the City. Have more circular bus routes around the city. For example: Douglas to Little Island. Douglas to Blackpool. Douglas to Airport.etc.
Improve public transport in general to reduce the traffic in and around the city. Also add new direct routes from the airport to different locations in the city, not only the city center.
We also eed a bus terminal building for intercity bus routes to / from Dublin, Limerick..etc as currently there is no bus terminal and buses stops in the street.
Consider creating a circular water transport system (mini ferry) linking the city center with Ringaskiddy, Little Island, Douglas, Rochestown, Passage West and Monkstown.
The health of our people must go hand in hand with development of Cork
Our city is seeing a rapid expansion at the moment with the many office high rises and plans to house 10,000 people in Tivoli Docks as examples, but it appears the health and well being of our fine citizens is being sorrily neglected.
I'm not saying swimming will solve all, but swimming provides a number of benefits. Among those benefits that are of fundamental importance, the ability to save oneself or prevent another person from drowning is paramount.
Swimming has a big part to play in driving health and well being in society. It is generally recognised that the exercise swimming brings is good for you. At a local level, most swimming pools provide a meeting point for people and therefore play a part in driving cohesive communities. There are many people that like to compete in swimming and this forms a fundamental component of the activity.
Adding a 50 Metre FINA approved swimming pool to the city would also allow for a wide of aquatic disciplines.
Given the health benefits and economic and social value of a 50 metre swimming pool to a community, I call on Minister Shane Ross, our City Council and University College Cork Sports department to come together and discuss the options for a location and funding in the Hope that our "City on the rise" is not left floundering on the shores of mediocrity!
Now is the time for our city to show its vision and ambition.
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