Thurles Town Council Briefs

Derelict Buildings

Mayor Michael Cleary asked for action to be taken with a derelict building in Friar Street which is in very poor condition. Cllr John Kennedy also asked the council to liaise with the Chamber of Commerce in a bid to ensure that commercial premises, although vacant, don’t take from the appearance of the streets.

Speed Limits

Mayor Cleary asked for the speed limit to be reviewed at Clongour and for traffic calming to be introduced if possible - Cllr Jim Ryan supported him on this.

Footpaths

Footpath issues were raised in relation to the Suir Bridge (Mayor Cleary); the high step off the Suir bridge path onto Emmet Street (Cllr O’Dwyer); Parnell Street near the Credit Union (Cllr Kenehan); Mitchell Street ( Cllr Ryan); Ikerrin Road (Cllr O’Dwyer); while Cllr Gerard Fogarty asked for the Traffic Warden to be vigilant with cars parking on footpaths and preventing people with buggies from passing.

Town Council Offices

Mayor Michael Cleary was informed by the Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan that the proposal to up-grade the Town Council offices has been “put on the back burner” for the time being until details of the proposed amalgamation of North and South Tipperary County Councils have been sorted out.

Roads

Roads issues were raised in relation to: Inisfallen Avenue back entrance (Cllr O’Dwyer); Collins and Childers Park where flooding is occuring( Cllr Grogan); Ard Mhuire/ Sean Treacy Avenue (Cllr Kenehan); and Suir Bridge and Mill road roundabout surface (Cllr Jim Ryan).

Leisure Centre

Cllr Evelyn Nevin asked for a sign to be erected for the Thurles Leisure Centre. Meanwhile Mayor Cleary told of the major parking headaches association with the centre and wondered if it could be sorted out.

Signage

Cllr Grogan claimed that signage being put on roundabouts in the town is a serious problem and suggested that council employees should just take down any advertising sign or poster they come across -Cllr John Kennedy agreed with him but said that signage for places of note in the town should be erected to direct people towards them. Meanwhile Cllr Noel O’Dwyer said that no signage appears to be evident on any country road indicating junctions etc.

Other Matters

Congratulations were extended to: Una Healy and the Saturdays for their performance in Thurles; the Harvest Festival Committee for their efforts with the successful festival; Thurles Lions Club on their work for Rehab; The Chamber of Commerce on the success of the Tipperary Fayre; and the Spotlight on Community project in the Thurles Leisure Centre which was a big success.

*Cllr John Kennedy reported 6-8 lights out in Childers Park and asked to have them tended to.

*Cllr John Kenehan asked for all shores to be cleared in the town in order to limit flash flooding.

*Cllr Noel O’Dwyer once again raised the issue of the Munster Hotel with 4 ft of stagnant water in the basement causing a real health hazard. Describing the building as “a complete eyesore” he offered the view that the best thing to do with it would be to level it and build a Sue Ryder type development in it’s place in keeping with the architecture of Cathedral Street.

*Cllr John Kennedy asked for the green area at the rear of Lambe’s flats to be cleared and the owner of the property to be contacted re same.

*Cllr John Kenehan informed members that Bollington, with whom Thurles is twinned, wish to reignite the relationship between the towns in and to invite them to a festival in the coming months.

*Cllr Jim Ryan welcomed the installation of life buoys on the banks of the River Suir.

*Mayor Michael Cleary asked for water quality in the domestic supply at Loughtagalla and Moyne Road to be checked as it is full of lime.

*Cllr Kennedy called for an area in Cluain Glas to be reinstated with grass following the opening of the new Jimmy Doyle Road.