BAYCROSS Developments Ltd has been given the green light to proceed with their plans on the site of the old Erin Foods Factory. Some 19 conditions were attached to the plans by Thurles Town Council.
At this month’s meeting, Town Manager Matt Shortt said the revised conditions relate to the size of the property, and modifications to a roundabout (see below).
Some 30 submissions, mostly from the local business community, were received in relation the plans. These may still be appealed to An Bord Pleanála. The development will consist of the demolition of the former Erin Foods factory, associated buildings, front boundary wall and riverside boundary fence. The entrance gates to the riverside walk will be re-located. It’s proposed to demolish a front boundary wall of a neighbouring house to the south of the site. The supermarket (6,709 sqm) would have two ESB substations, also on the site will be a fast food restaurant with drive through facility (332sqm), vehicular and pedestrian, access and egress arrangements, to the site and to the site of a dwelling house to the south of the former Erin Foods Factory, a cycle track, provision of two 4-arm roundabouts and associated works along the N62 which will be re-aligned (and re-located) for sight lines coming onto the roundabout.
There will also be road re-alignment and associated works from the new roundabout on to the Clongour Road. A large single level car-park, internal roads, signage and alterations to ground levels of the site. The proposed development includes for a relocated and improved access to the existing dwelling and zoned lands immediately to the south of the proposed development. A second access to the zoned lands to the south of the proposed development is also included for, off the internal proposed development access roads and associated site works. The Town Council decision was made on September 13.
Submissions were received from Dr. Rosarie Harrington and Dr. Paul Ryan, Riversdale Lodge, The Mall; Frank Roche, 57 Liberty Square; Helen O’Meara, Imps & Elfs; Rita Ryan, Farney Bridge, Holycross; Tony Casey, Clongour; Tom Stakelum, Derrynane House, Slievenamon Road; John Butler, t/a Bookworm, Liberty Square; Michael Gerard Spain, Slievenamon House; Achille Orlandi, Mona Lisa; Margaret Sheppard, Sheppard Opticians; Michael Daly, ‘Lios Ban’, Slievenamon Road; Dorinda Dillon, D.D.’s Boutique; Martina Lawlor, 37 Butler Avenue; Margaret Kerrane-Elhadri, St.Jude’s, Clongour; Thurles Chamber, 2nd Floor, Lár Na Pairce; Peter & Marian O’Shea, Mullaunbrack; Michael & Joan Pollard-Carew, Michael’s Jewellers, Westgate; Paul & Róisín Scully, Thurles Photo Station, Friar Street; Tesco Ireland Ltd., 15 Harcourt Street, Dublin; Joe Fewer, Clongour; Carmel Sammon, Devlins Medical Hall, Stephen Shanahan, Healthy Haven; Richard Dinan, Executive Menswear; Marie Boyle, Michael Boyle, Liberty Square; Frank McKevitt, c/o MacCabe Durney Barnes, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin; James O’Connor, Beakstown, Holycross; Dan & Mary O’Donnell, First Editions; Myra Grace, Grace Fashions; Liam Aherne, t/a Aherne’s Service Centre, Abbey Road; Trustees St. Patrick’s College; Catriona Griffin, Griffins Newsagents; Gabriella McLoughney, House of Elegance; Anne Molloy, 46 Liberty Square; Shane Curran, 2 Slievenamon Road; Naoimi Treacy, Naoimi’s Cafe, Westgate; RGDATA, Dublin.
Thurles needs to follow Tipperary town and Cashel, and promote tourism to the town with a glossy brochure. “Thurles has an awful lot to offer,” said Jim Ryan. Cllr Evelyn Nevin said the tourism providers could do more themselves to promote the town by having longer opening hours. Town Manager Matt Shortt pointed out that there are not enough bed nights available in the town. Cllr Ryan said he knew a marketing expert who could be employed to design the brochure and market Thurles. About E10k from the budget could be set aside for tourism. Thurles may see an influx of visitors with the upcoming Thurles Halloween Festival (Oct 25/31).