A LOCAL Councillor has called for greater investment in the North West suburbs of Waterford City.
Speaking at the March plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Cha O’Neill (Ind) highlighted the lack of shopping facilities in the Carrickpherish area.
“Services are badly needed in the Carrickpherish area,” he said.
Cllr O’Neill said this area was intended to be the “jewel in the crown” of Waterford and spoke of the council’s original plans for the area.
He highlighted that the Carrickpherish area is home to a number of facilities including the De La Salle GAA grounds, Waterford Educate Together and Gaelscoil na nDéise.
A Waterford City & County Council office is also located in Carrickpherish.
While many houses have been built in Carrickpherish, Cllr O’Neill pointed out the lack of shops in the area.
He said a lot of families with young children reside in the area, and added that many families felt they had been “left in the lurch”.
He highlighted that the nearest shops are at the Hypermarket and Cleaboy.
Cllr O’Neill said he wanted council management to address the issue and highlighted that there were some properties which could be turned into retail units.
He was given a commitment by council management that the issue of greater services for Carrickpherish would be examined.