CLLR John “Rocky” McGrath has welcomed the resolution of an on-going health and safety issue in Newport town. Cllr McGrath has confirmed that, following negotiations between a property owner in the area and the council, it has been agreed that works will begin immediately to remove an unsightly building on Pound Street that was burned some years ago.
Cllr McGrath explained; “Some years ago the shop that had been run very successfully and ably by the Kennedy family on Pound Street for some 60 years was burnt beyond repair. This shop had been a stalwart in the local community and had been run by the very well-known and respected family. Following the devastating fire the building has stood and remained as a sad reminder. The people of the town were very concerned that this building was not alone unattractive and impacted negatively on the appearance of the street but were concerned as to its safety structurally.”
He said that, following on-going negotiations between the council and current owner over the last number of months, it has now been agreed that this building will be removed immediately.
“I have no doubt that this will greatly help the appearance of Pound Street and will clean up the general area. The building was a huge health and safety risk and I will now be made safe again. Also by removing this building an important right of way to the river will be restored.
“Additionally I am pleased to confirm that essential repairs works and improvements have been made to the Court house in the town.
“I can assure residents in the Newport and surrounding area that I am working as hard as possible to insure that other outstanding issues are resolved as a matter of urgency. I am currently working with the Council, and significant progress has been made on improving and completing the estates in the Newport area,” he said.