By Ronan Dodd
North Tipperary County Council has given the go-ahead for a new postal sorting office at Clongower, Thurles.
The postal delivery service unit will consist of a 1,016 square metres one and two storey building with 74 parking bays, 14 cycle spaces, new vehicular and pedestrian entrance access points; all associated drainage and site development works, landscaping and ancillary works on a greenfield site of 0.7350 hectares on the N62.
However, a spokesperson for An Post told the Tipperary Star this week that it would be “12 months before you will see a building on the site”.
He said that the premises would be a modern, purpose-built and fitted building for processing mail.
“The present building (on Liberty Square) has all the problems associated with an old building, including parking, and you can see from this one there will be 74 parking spaces,” he said.
The sorting facility at Templemore Post Office closed this July, with the staff moving to Thurles, despite objections from the local town council and businesses.
However, the spokesman said that it was “too early yet” to say if other local sorting offices around the Thurles area will be moved to Thurles when the new facility opens.
“We will look at the rest of it in the future, and we may consolidate them,” he said.