Local government awards 2022 ‘Supporting Sustainable Communities’ winners pictured above
Local Government awards 2022 wins for Supporting Sustainable Communities, Promoting Economic Development and Enhancing Urban Environment
Limerick City and County Council picked up three awards at the recently held Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2022.
The award wins came from five nominations on the night, which saw Limerick City and County Council’s work honoured at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin, in what was the first in person awards since Covid-19.
The three wins came in the Supporting Sustainable Communities, Promoting Economic Development and the Enhancing Urban Environment categories.
Chief executive of Limerick City and County Council Pat Daly commented that the award wins are fitting recognition for the work of that the teams have put in, in recent years. “These three wins show, the work being done on a daily basis by the Limerick City and County Council teams. Supporting sustainable communities, promoting economic development and enhancing our urban environment are key pillars for the future of Limerick and we are proud to have been recognised for our work in these areas.”
“The Housing team are delighted with this award. The provision of starter new build homes at a discount will make a real difference to Limerick households who have limited prospect of getting onto the housing ladder at the moment. We are delighted to be handing over keys to a number of families under this scheme before Christmas” Sarah Newell Senior Executive Officer, Strategy & Non LA Housing Construction
“The Active Travel Team are delighted with the recent acknowledgement at the Excellence in Local Government Awards Enhancing the Urban Environment for the Castletroy Greenway. The new greenway is helping to encouraging walking and cycling by the very nature of its location, linking places of work and education to homes and to community services and recreational facilities”. Sean McGlynn Active Travel Limerick City and County Council.
“Winning the Excellence in Local Government Award for Promoting Economic Development is just recognition for the collaboration shown by the owners and managers of the 19 Hubs that make up the Engine Hubs Network. Engine Hubs are now a key part of our enterprise support ecosystem and this win will make the network even stronger.” Mike Cantwell Head of Enterprise Limerick Enterprise Office
Also on the night, “HOUSE! An open air aerial spectacle” won an award in the Sustaining the Arts category.
HOUSE! was a fun-filled spectacle with circus, theatre and drive-in bingo. This show was commissioned by Clare County Council in partnership with Galway County Council and Limerick City and County Council.
Category : Supporting Sustainable Communities
Limerick Winner: New Build Incremental Purchase Scheme – 100% State funded market discount homes for low-income households
Limerick City and County Council has piloted two new schemes at Newcastle West (19 homes) and Caherdavin, Limerick city (16 homes) for the New Build Incremental Purchase Scheme which will allow people to buy new-build A-rated starter homes at a discounted price. The Scheme is targeted at working households currently in private rented accommodation who may be on HAP, RAS or social leasing. Where an increasing number of valid notice to quits are issued by landlords as they exit the market, the Scheme offers a sustainable choice for a new build home, day one as a private tenure-type. A new build home can be purchased at 40 – 60% discount from the all-in construction price, depending on the income band of the applicant.
Category: Promoting Economic Development
Limerick winner: Engine Hubs Network
Engine Hubs, the first collaborative cluster of business hubs spanning the Mid-West and North Kerry has been launched by Innovate Limerick. Engine Hubs provides a hybrid working infrastructure for remote workers and business owners, as well as full landing pad services to multinationals looking to set up or expand their operations in the region. CEO of Innovate Limerick, Mike Cantwell explains the rationale for the Engine Hubs: “How and where we work is changing and our goal in Innovate Limerick is to facilitate this change. Our members realise that there is more to life than a long commute and living somewhere they don’t enjoy. Engine Hubs will help people to create a better work-life balance, by providing high-quality co-working facilities in the Mid-West and North Kerry. We are challenging traditional urban-rural divides and offering flexible work locations in cities, towns, and villages.
Category: Enhancing the Urban Environment
Limerick winner: Castletroy Urban Greenway
The Castletroy Urban Greenway is a high-quality, attractive, and accessible greenway in the heart of suburban Limerick connecting people’s homes with local schools, shops, playgrounds and amenities. It provides an enhanced pedestrian and cycling experience for residents, school children and commuters in the area. The main north-south spine extends to approximately 820m and provides connectivity between two schools. There are two secondary spines, one to the east linking to a new residential development (approx. 175m in length) and one to the west linking up with the local shopping centre (approx. 280m in length). Additional access points have been included to allow for future developments in the area. The greenway, which opened in Q3 2021, consists of a 3.5m wide cycleway alongside a 2.5m wide footpath. It is enclosed by a grass verge and includes tree and shrub planting areas that add to the enjoyment of the local environment.