COLLABORATION IS KEY TO THE WORK OF CORE
Collaboration is key to the work of CORE– a new city centre partnership which was officially launched in Cork City Hall last night. CORE will focus on creating opportunities, highlighting positive developments and delivering new initiatives that create and promote a vibrant city centre for those who live, work and visit Cork city centre.
Spearheaded by Cork City Council and local stakeholders including Cork Chamber, Cork Business Association, An Garda Siochána, Bus Éireann and representatives from hospitality and retail sectors, CORE will take a collaborative approach to the revitalisation of Cork City Centre.
Speaking at the CORE launch where a summary of the 2016/2017 Cork City Centre Action Plan was announced, Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty said: “I welcome the establishment of CORE, the Cork City Centre Partnership. This collaboration will see all City Centre stakeholders focusing together on the city centre, strategically and operationally, and working to ensure that opportunities are optimised and the City Centre achieves and surpasses its enormous potential.”
Key highlights from the summary of the 2016/2017 Cork City Centre Action Plan include the development of the Morrison’s Island flood defence scheme and the Nano Nagle Centre at the South Presentation Convent, the Harley street pedestrian and cycle bridge as well as initiatives such as city centre grant schemes. Much of the work focuses on branding distinctive areas within the city centre, such as the MacCurtain Street and surrounding area developing as a Victorian Quarter.
“Flooding is obviously the most topical of the challenges faced by the city centre. I understand how stressful the situation is for city centre businesses that are at risk of flooding. I am happy to say that the City Council is in advanced discussions with the OPW with regard to prioritising the city centre Morrison’s Island element of the Flood Relief Scheme. We still need to complete the detailed design, Part 8 planning process, procurement and appointment of contractors but following this we expect construction to start in quarter one 2017,”
Cork City is undergoing significant transformation with several game changing capital developments and initiatives worth more than €300 million, underway and planned for the city. These will act as catalysts for the development of large parts of the city centre.
“It is by working together collaboratively that we can meet these and other challenges and continue to improve our great city in the common good. With the improving economy and the demonstrated commitment of all, I am convinced that 2016 will see our City Centre flourish and prosper. After all, a healthy heart is essential to provide the lifeblood to our city,” she added.
“Change can only be achieved by collaborative working – and this is what CORE has set out to do. We need to work together in order to keep Cork’s city centre development agenda to the fore, build momentum on recent success and to generate even more opportunities for those who live, work, visit and enjoy Cork city centre,” said Paul McGuirk, Cork City Centre Co-ordinator.
The City Council adopted the first Cork City Centre Action Plan in June 2015 as a key step in implementing the City Centre Strategy. The plan is structured under the following headings: City Centre Management; Transformational Areas; City Centre-Wide Projects; Quarters (or sub-areas); and Transportation projects.