CASHEL Town approved a new budget for the coming year, along with looking back at the achievements of the Council over the past year. Town Manager Séan Keating said the Council had been involved in a number of projects. The Road Grant allocation for 2012 amounted to J139,000. The programme of works completed in 2012 included: Brick Footpath at Friar Street (Dualla Road to the Church). Footpath at McCann Street. Footpath at Deerpark Road. Footpaths and wall setback at Old Road (at Primary Schools). Reconstruction of brick ramped area at Main Street. Brick Footpath at part of John Street.
In 2012, the Town Council was awarded the funding in the sum of J5,000 from the Heritage Council and this funding enabled the preparation of a Conservation Methodology Statement for the stabilisation of the portion of the City Walls located in the gardens of the Cashel Palace Hotel bounded by the Mart.
The Council carried out energy upgrade works to 10 house in its housing stock in 2012 with an allocation of J62,000. The works included the fitting of windows and doors, upgrade of the central heating systems, and insulation works. These houses were 3 Friar Street, 12 Cathal Brugha, 88 and 134 Spafield Crescent, 13, 37, and 60 Oliver Plunkett Park, 5 St Francis Row, 1 The Green, and 7 Lacey Square.
The Town Council allocated some 10 houses in 2012 from casual vacancies in the housing stock. This year, an additional 30 households were accommodated under the Rental Accommodation Scheme in Cashel, thus bringing to 58 the total number of households accommodated under this scheme to date. The Council has four properties leased under the Social Leasing option. Works under the Housing Adaptation Grant Scheme were completed on 6 houses in the Council stock.
Major refurbishment works were completed on 7 Lacey Square. In September, the Council was given the go-ahead for the construction of a four-bedroom “infill” house in Spafield Crescent. It’s anticipated work will begin early next year.
Despite all the austerity, the Council still found money for culture, added Mr Keating. “This year is the tenth year of the Cashel Arts Festival, which has gone from strength to strength and while it is aimed at the local community, there is also substantial interest outside the locality. It is therefore proposed to allocate J3,600 to Cashel Arts Festival for 2013.”
Regarding the environment, it’s estimated the cost of providing the street cleaning service for Cashel in 2013 will come to J103,942. Some other interesting aspects of the 2013 budget include: Gravespace to cost J450, Interment - J450, Interment of an infant - J150, Reconnection fee for water on disconnection of supply - J500.