Chamber Reaction to Cork City Council Budget 2019

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November 16, 2018
Speaking at the passing of the budget in City Hall yesterday evening, Thomas Mc Hugh Director of Public Affairs at Cork Chamber said:
“It is critical to business that rates remain untouched in a climate that has just seen a substantial VAT increase for tourism, the evolution of trade and retail, and the immense uncertainty of Brexit. With 10,000 jobs on the way in the redevelopment of our docklands commercial offer the rates base will continue to increase, and the business community will continue to advocate for a progressive, vibrant and diverse City region.
It is also clear that in the areas where increased expenditure is raised, the City Council is delivering and will deliver in 2019. The road improvement works at Silversprings evolving daily and including cycle infrastructure show a statement of intent in joined up thinking as the City population and workforce grows at the fastest rate in Ireland.
In this context is essential that the NTA transport strategy for Cork is made available without delay. The Bus Connects fund of €200 million must be put into action immediately so that the necessary steps can be taken to facilitate this growth and to drive a public transport programme that matches the need. Looking to Dublin, to their progress on Bus Connects, we are behind in the delivery of a public transport system that acknowledges our current, near term and future scale.”