In a statement to the Tipperary Star this week Councillor Noel O'Dwyer expresses the view that an alternative site should be identified for the County Council sheds and the adjacent corner currently used to hold tarmac and other materials situated in Parnell St. car park.
"I have been raising this possibility since I first entered the Town Council and I am fully convinced that as a long term solution, a small section of the former landfill site on the Leugh Road should be developed in this regard, to include also a recycling / civic amenity centre, should it transpire that this essential service for the town is not going to be provided by a private company. The provision of new and adequate offices for the Area Engineer and staff should also be considered for this location. In the interim, the council sheds and material storage element should be accommodated in suitable, leased premises.
In view of the incessant clamour for extra parking spaces by both the public and Chamber of Commerce, particularly in Parnell St. car park, I feel it would be remiss of the council not to utilise the premium space currently occupied by the council sheds and storage area. It is also essential in the interest of encouraging business to the area that the parking spaces closest to the entrance of the car park be designated short-stay-parking only as a matter of urgency.
In my opinion there is scope to increase the capacity of Parnell St. car-park by 50 spaces or more if the area outlined above is used for that purpose. It is an extremely unproductive use of premium space, especially when one considers that a very small section of the old dump site which will be ideally close to the link-road when completed could be developed as a much safer and more appropriate storage area for County Council materials."
Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.