Tipperary town is in the process of being ‘gassed up’ with natural gas arriving in the town.
The development will include some temporary pain but come July the town will be connected to natural gas providing a major boost for business and householders in the town.
Phase One of the gas connection to Tipperary Town has been completed which including bringing the pipe from the Galbally Road to the anchor tenant,Tipperary Co-Op by the end of March.
That was completed on time and now the infrastructure is being laid in the town with the Cashel road and the Link road already done.
Work on the laying of the pipework began on Main Street Monday and will last for between two to three weeks.
For the duration of the work a one way road traffic system will be in operation with traffic Clonmel bound coming through the town and the Limerick bound traffic being diverted from Main Street.
It is expected that the whole town will be completed by July when the town will be ‘gassed up’ and houses and businesses in the town can avail of the natural gas supply.
Town Engineer Aidan Finn said the provision of natural gas in the town was a very important step in the right direction for the town and one that the council had been working on for a number of years.
“Officials in the IDA will tell you that they would not consider bringing new industry to a town that did not have a natural gas supply, that is why this development is so significant for Tipperary town,” he said.
He said the work on the Main Street in particular would cause disruption but pointed out that the long term gain for everybody in the town would be massive.
It was his understanding that the town would be availing of the natural gas in July.
He said that Tipperary Co-Op was the anchor tenant which had to be identified before Bord Gais made the decision to come to the town.
Other business interests in the town had a meeting with Bord Gais in January to discuss being connected to the grid.
The town engineer said it was up to each individual householder to approach Board Gais themselves if they wanted to be connected to the supply.
Mayor of Clonmel Cllr. Billy Bourke said Tiperary Co-Op deserved great credit for going forward as the anchor tenant.
“Only for them it would not be in the town.Now this is another box we can tick in relation to attracting new industry to the town,” said the mayor.
“If we want progress we have to put up with the disruption.The one way worked when we were getting in the broadband ,so I expect it to be just as effective this time,” said Cllr.Bourke.
Cllr. Bourke said the Bord Gais infrastructure was vital for the town.He felt the short term disruption would be worthwhile given how important the project was for the entire town.
The mayor said such an addition to the town would greatly enhance the prospects of securing industry. He said it would make the people whose task it was to attract new industry and trying to sell Tipperary as a good location a little bit easier.
“It will certainly give them a stronger hand to play with,The town needs to do everything possible to find alternative employment given the setbacks we have suffered in recent years,”
He expected the project ,when completed, w ould be an enormous boost to the town both for commercial and residential sectors.