Tipperary News in brief...

Link Road Funding

Funding for phase two of a proposed new road linking the Bansha Road and Limerick Road was welcomed by Councillors at the January meeting of Tipperary Town Council.

The previous week funding of €535,000 was announced by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar. Responding to the announcement Mr. Peter Britton Senior Executive Engineer with South Tipperary County Council said that while he welcomed the monies that more funding was required to carry out this phase of the programme and would have to be sought.

Council disappointed with IBAL ranking

Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) Anti Litter League Report published in early January caused some disappointment to members due the town had been ranked 35th out of a total of 42 towns surveyed.

While members were delighted that some areas in the town such as The Abbey School , Mitchel Street, The Market Yard, Main Street, Cashel Approach Road and Ring Road had received Grade A standard and had achieved an overall marking of Clean to European Norms. However, the Abbey Street Car Park received a Grade C and was considered the most heavily littered site surveyed in the town. The report stated the majority of the litter was alcohol related and this was considered as unsurprising as the surveyor noted drinking at the time of the survey was being carried out.

Commenting on the report, Cllr. Brian Rafferty concurred with the reporting in relation to the Abbey Street Car park. He said the drinking situation in that area last summer had been ridiculous and that it was a matter which they needed some assistance from the Gardai. He said the Council also needed to remove the steps from the Car park as they were providing seating. In relation to the Gas House Lane he said that two business men from the area had carried out a major clean up recently. He said the main difficulty in that area was the burning of tyres and that they seemed to be able to get tyres too easily.

Aldi Approval Welcomed

The approval of planning permission for the development of an Aldi Supermarket at Mitchell Street in the town was broadly welcomed at the January meeting of Tipperary Town Council.

‘I would like to welcome the fact that Aldi has got the go ahead,’ commented Cllr. Brian Rafferty. He added that he understood that they Aldi were planning a seventy day build on the site.

Mayor Cllr. Ruadhri Devitt and Cllr. Jacqui Finnan said they too would like to welcome this decision and that it would help to clean up the area and also bring employment to the town.