No decision was reached on the latest Kilkenny City & County Development Plan – but for a good reason.
The proposal drew so many submissions from the public that councillors at a special meeting last evening requested extra time be given so that they could consider what people had to say.
Cathaoirleach Andrew McGuinness says a record number of ideas were lodged, telling KCLR News “459 submissions to our city and county development plan, fed over something like 360 pages of material and because we had such a big response from the public we decided yesterday to give the local councillors an extra week to go through all of the information”.
He adds it’s the highest amount of submissions they’ve ever had and says “I think that’s reflective of the fact that people really want to engage, people really want to be involved in the decision-making process when it comes to the future of Kilkenny City and County and you might recall some months back on KCLR I called on the general public to come out and to get involved in the development plan and make submissions and that’s what’s happened in an overwhelming fashion”.
He has this message for those who made submissions “I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of your listeners and all of the people that have engaged in the process and put in their submissions because it’s their future, it’s their city and it’s their county and the decisions we make has to be reflective of all of that so I want to say a sincere thank you to everyone for taking part”.