Environmental groups urge Cork voters to support a directly-elected mayor

Environmental groups urge Cork voters to support a directly-elected mayor
EE LIVE NEWS ... 22/09/2018Darren McAdam-O'Connell, Cork Environmental Forum, and Bernie Connolly, co-ordinator, Cork Environmental Forum. the group are urging for a yes vote in the plebiscite for a directly-elected mayor.Picture Denis Minihane.

ENVIRONMENTAL groups across Cork are urging voters to support the plebiscite for a directly-elected mayor.

On May 24, the public will vote in the local elections and on whether or not a directly-elected mayor will be introduced to Cork city.

Community groups such as Cork Environmental Forum, Cork Climate Action, Cork Trees Trust, and Cork Cycling Campaign are calling on voters to vote yes.

The groups have said the position would provide more leadership in the city allowing for stronger action with regard to climate change and sustainable development.

An elected mayor would bring vision, coherence, accountability, and responsibility, the groups have said.

“Climate action needs to be local action,” said Rob Hamilton of Cork Climate Action.

“City mayors the world over are leading and inspiring the switch to sustainable living.

“Cork has had inspirational mayors in the past — now it’s important for the office to have real authority as well,” he added.

Bernie Connolly of Cork Environmental Forum said directly elected mayors are very well placed for good urban governance and to deliver on more varied agendas.

Dr Dean Venables of the Cork Cycling Campaign called for safe cycling infrastructure to be a priority.

“We have seen how City Hall can ignore serious concerns from the community and from councillors, even when it comes to public safety and responsible use of taxpayer money. That must change.”

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