Put ‘Place’ first and commit to radical plan to support recovery of cities and towns, says Chambers Ireland in Budget 2022 submission

Jul 19, 2021

Chambers Ireland today (19 July 2021) has published its recommendations to Government ahead of Budget 2022.

Central to the Chambers Ireland Submission is the call for Budget 2022 to support urban recovery and tackle vacancy. Specifically, Chambers Ireland calls for the expansion and reform of the Living City Initiative, incentives to enable brownfield development and the introduction of a National Urban Strategy to radically address vacancy in our urban communities.

Speaking at the launch this morning, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,

“Our member Chambers put ‘place’ at the heart of how we engage with local economies and how we serve the interests of member businesses. The ambition for more sustainable towns and cities, with thriving urban centres, is therefore a central priority of our work. It is with this vision in mind that we want Budget 2022 to be place-orientated, putting sustainable local economies at the heart of Government policy.

As a priority, we must ensure that Budget 2022 supports urban recovery and tackles vacancy, both residential and commercial. This approach will be imperative to ensure that sustainable cities and communities can thrive and local economies can prosper.

To deliver on this, we want to see the Government publish and resource a National Urban Strategy that will deliver for towns and cities across the country. This strategy should address vacancy and dereliction as a priority and improve both the affordability and liveability of our towns and cities. If we can successfully address these structural issues, we will be able to transform our urban areas and create thriving town centres.

Integral to the success of a National Urban Strategy is the successful delivery of commitments on climate action. The pillars of Ireland’s National Recovery Plan acknowledge that a sustainable recovery must put climate action first. Budget 2022 must build on the work already achieved to deliver more ambition and investment in our sustainable transport networks, energy infrastructure, offshore wind, the circular economy and transport.”

ENDS

For further information, please contact Jonathan Baxter, communications and media executive at Chambers Ireland on 086 608 1605 or jonathan.baxter@chambers.ie.

Notes to Editor

Chambers Ireland Recommendations – Highlights

Our recommendations are divided across three core themes. Please click on each theme to view a PDF of our suggestions.

Theme 1: A Strategy for Towns and Cities/Urban Ireland

    • Funding for Town Centre First Initiative
    • Reduce vacancies
    • Support urbanism
    • Support efficiency in construction costs
    • Deliver effective housing policy

Theme 2: Delivering on Climate Action and Sustainable Infrastructure

Theme 3: Inclusive and Productive Local Economies

The full Chambers Ireland Pre-Budget Submission for 2022 is available here.

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