Nenagh council won’t leave any money in the pot for new authority

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NENAGH Town Council does not intend to leave any money in the kitty after it is abolished following the next local elections in 2014. The news was revealed during a discussion on its capital spending programme 2013-2015 that was given to councillors at their March meeting. The capital spending budget amounts to €4.382m

NENAGH Town Council does not intend to leave any money in the kitty after it is abolished following the next local elections in 2014. The news was revealed during a discussion on its capital spending programme 2013-2015 that was given to councillors at their March meeting. The capital spending budget amounts to €4.382m

Cllr Conor Delaney, FG, urged that the council put binding contracts in place before they are abolished because that would give guarantees that work would have to be carried out.

Acting town clerk Sarah O’Callaghan told councillors: “It is a three-year programme, but we will be gone in 18 months. I intend spending all of the money and not handing any over.”

Town manager Marcus O’Connor agreed with the sentiments and said that the council hoped to sign contracts for the new leisure centre and town park in May as well as contracts for the extension to Lisboney cemetery.

Under the programme, the council intends spending €1.061425m on housing; €2.120m on recreation and lesiure; €826,000 on miscellaneous projects; €310,000 on environment and €70,000 on roads. In some cases, no money will will be allocated for projects in 2015 as they will have been completed by then.

Cllr Seamus Morris asked if the council needed to put an extra funding into the revamped Nenagh Leisure Centre and town park, to which Mr O’Connor replied that would not be known until the tenders were received.

The spend on the facillity will be €2m, with a further E70,000 going on the Castle Field this year and €50,000 going to the community all-weather pitch at Nenagh VEC in 2014.

Cllr Morris, along with Cllr Conor Delaney, asked if the VEC could attend the council’s next meeting to give an update on the all-weather pitch and given that they had recently opened their indoor facilities.

“The amount of potential there is scary,” said Cllr Delaney. “This could be Nenagh Town Council’s legacy with the correct bodies on board to develop something very special. There is nothing like it around bar what is in UL.”

Mr O’Connor agreed the VEC facilities were “superb”, and revealed he would invite them to meet the council before the next meeting.