Tuesday 21 November 2017

Calls for Drogheda to be given city status

A view of Drogheda
A view of Drogheda
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Drogheda should be given city status, according to a new report which was submitted to the Government.

The study, which was commissioned by the Drogheda City Status group, highlighted the fact there has been a rapid growth in population in the region.

Dr Brian Hughes, a chartered planning and development expert, said in his report that the latest Census figures point to a population of over 83,000 in the greater Drogheda area.

Vincent Hoey, the chairman of the Drogheda City Status Group, said: "We are living in an urban conglomeration of over 80,000 people, but we have no effective joined-up thinking to plan sensibly for the future, because our local government is divided between Co Meath and Co Louth. Drogheda lost its town council, and we urgently need to be given city status, so that we can have a city council that can best plan for the sustainable future growth of the region, provide housing, create jobs and nurture business."

Mr Hoey added: "This is not some kind of a county land grab. Co Louth will remain Louth and Co Meath remains Meath, but an urban density this size requires a city administration to make the place work."

The area earmarked for city status includes the borough of Drogheda, as well as the rapidly expanding towns of Laytown, Bettystown and Mornington, in east Meath.

A copy of the report was submitted for inclusion in the Government's National Planning Framework.

Irish Independent

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