New online survey to discover public’s overall vision for future of Cork 

New online survey to discover public’s overall vision for future of Cork 
Pictured at the 2019 exhibition Future Forms, young artists explore visions for Cork at the Glucksman Gallery. Pic by Claire Keogh

CORK Chamber are asking people across Cork for their opinions on the future of the city and county.

As Cork emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chamber have said the sense of community and collective commitment has been our “secret weapon” in dealing with the crisis that presented.

This online survey is part of the recently launched Sustainable Cork Programme by Cork Chamber.

President of Cork Chamber Paula Cogan said they want to hear from everyone, not just businesses: “We’re delighted to launch the Sustainable Cork Programme survey today and look forward to hearing the views from across the city and county on the future vision for Cork.

“The next five, ten and 30 years are pivotal for how we grow and develop as a region. There are many challenges, but there are also many opportunities and it's important that we focus on the changes that need to be made, while also recognising the benefits that these changes can bring to our daily lives, whether living, working or studying in Cork,” she added.

Shoppers on Patrick Street, Cork following the opening of phase two of the Covid-19 regulations. Picture Dan Linehan
Shoppers on Patrick Street, Cork following the opening of phase two of the Covid-19 regulations. Picture Dan Linehan

Throughout the pandemic, business practices changed and evolved, and the most recent Chamber survey shows that in early June, 85% of businesses who responded had staff working from home. Of those, 12% anticipate they will retain this model of working into the future.

Another notable aspect of the past few months has been the community appreciation of green space, public amenities and beautiful surroundings.

Ms Cogan pointed out that 2020 was a year like no other.

“We are at a time of change. A crossroads. And as we navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s crucial that we emerge stronger. As a society, the horizon holds several challenges across climate change, Brexit and Covid-19, and we must face these challenges head on,” she said.

“Through the Sustainable Cork Programme, Cork Chamber frames the recovery through the powerful lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Initiated in May of this year, and at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme is designed to uncover a vision for business and communities supported by a sustainable and resilient Cork region,” Ms Cogan added.

The survey launches today and asks just eight questions. The Chamber wants to know people's thoughts on what Cork could look like in the future.

Picture Dan Linehan
Picture Dan Linehan

Ms Cogan detailed some of the other questions Cork Chamber will ask: “What do you want to see more of? What differentiates Cork when it comes to living and working here? What will be the biggest changes to our daily lives by 2030, and by 2050? If you were given one wish to shape Cork’s development by 2050, what would that be? We want to hear from everyone.” 

She said Cork Chamber wants to create a “resilient, sustainable Cork region” in all areas by creating sustainable economic, social and environmental practices.

“It is up to us all to create that vision and move in that direction with purpose. A clear vision can frame that ambition and drive that momentum.” 

The survey is available on corkchamber.ie until 5pm on Friday July 10.

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