TOWN Manager Marcus O’Connor has urged members of Nenagh Town Council to postpone any further discussions on the controversy surrounding the car park adjacent to St John’s Church and Nenagh Hospital in Tyone until the executive meets with the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the coming weeks.
“I think that something needs to be done and that car park is in very bad condition, but it is probably not best to negotiate these things in public,” Mr O’Connor said in relation to the car park which has fallen into a grave state of disrepair.
“We plan to meet with the HSE to try to get this project over the line; the HSE need to realise the urgency of the situation.”
Labour Councillor Lalor McGee also urged his fellow councillors to wait until the meeting with the HSE took place before taking further action on the contentious issue while Fine Gael Councillor Tom Moylan said that he “couldn’t understand how the County Council, out of a budget of E66 million, can’t find the E80,000 required to resurface that car park”.
Although the car park falls within the jurisdiction of Nenagh Town Council it is owned by North Tipperary County Council.
“This is the third time this subject has come up at a meeting and we’re not getting anywhere, but that’s not our fault,” Councillor Moylan said.
“We’re not getting anywhere because the County Council is not stepping up to the mark.
“All of the people of north Tipperary use that car park, not just Nenagh people.
“They need to make it safe and they need to bring it up to the required standard.”
Labour Councillor Virginia O’Dowd said that the “HSE has a part to play in relation to this car park” while Fianna Fáil Councillor Jimmy Moran said that “with their budget they (North Tipperary County Council) should re-surface it and let that be the end of it”.
Independent Councillor Hughie McGrath suggested that councillors should be prepared to “stand up to the mark” and that “there should be a proper gesture from Nenagh Town Council, that we are willing to put a few pound towards it”.
Town Manager Marcus O’Connor however advised against spending Nenagh Town Council funds on correcting the problem.
“I don’t think we should be giving away rate payers money to solve a problem which is essentially someone else’s,” Mr O’Connor said.
“I don’t think we can leave that car park the way it is, but I don’t think we should waste any more of our scarce resources.”