Topaz extension to create 23 Cashel jobs

Controversial field to be cleaned up

Topaz extension to create 23 Cashel jobs
By Eoin Kelleher eoin.kelleher@tipperarystar.ie @tippstar

Work is to begin shortly on a major extension to Topaz Service Station and McDonalds in Cashel, creating up to 23 jobs in construction and more permanent jobs in catering and services thereafter.

One of the country’s most successful service stations, Topaz successfully applied for the extension last year, as the existing facility has become congested.

Independent Deputy Michael Lowry says the current site has exceeded expectations, leading to congestion and safety issues. Topaz have purchased a field adjacent to the station. The field had become an eyesore in recent times, due to dumping and illegal parking.

Deputy Lowry said the company is investing €1.3m. “Safety is the priority.” It’s hoped the extension will clean up a site which had attracted negative comment at local authority meetings. “It is already very unsightly. It creates a very bad impression for a heritage town like Cashel to have an entrance like this to the town. I have been in contact with the Co. Council urging them now to resolve the issues, which in particular have affected Cashel King Cormac’s GAA Club. The entrance there doesn’t do justice to the town and it gives a wrong impression to tourists.”

Deputy Lowry added that, if done correctly, so-called “out-of-town” developments like Topaz do not detract from business in the centre of Cashel. “It’s a conundrum. People travelling on the motorway want quick access. They want to re-fuel and buy their convenience food and snacks. I think it’s good news that this centre in Cashel is being developed, and will achieve its full potential.”

Topaz have indicated that with the expansion of services, they will be employing more people full time as permanent staff. McDonalds restaurant is also being expanded, with increased car parking spaces.

The works to be carried out include: a single storey 90.3 sqm extension to the existing service station building to incorporate 24hr public toilets and shower facilities and a new storeroom; a single storey 66.5 sqm extension to the existing McDonald’s restaurant building to incorporate new seating areas; the realignment and raising of an existing access road; relocation of the existing car wash facility; relocation of the existing HGV fuel pump islands; a new children's play area and refuse areas; rearrangement of existing car parking and the provision of new parking areas to incorporate 86 car parking spaces, six bicycle stands, 8 motorbike parking spaces, 8 coach spaces and 20 HGV parking spaces.