The revamp and extension of Carrick-on-Suir Town Hall is back on the local authority’s agenda and the building needs to be upgraded to meet disability access standards by next year.
The project was put on the back burner for the past year and a half due to the uncertainty over Carrick-on-Suir’s future status as a seat of local government after the abolition of town councils and merger of north and south Tipperary county councils.
That uncertainty has ended as the headquarters of the new Carrick Muncipal District will be in Carrick-on-Suir. At the Town Council’s latest monthly meeting, Independent Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald asked if the proposed upgrade of the Town Hall will now go ahead.
Town Manager Pat Slattery responded that he hoped to come back to the elected Council shortly with a proposal.
He said he would love to see the building project agreed for the Town Hall go ahead and to have the Town Hall as a civic centre for Carrick-on-Suir, not just a place for council staff ,with a tourist office, an exhibition space and space where people can hold meetings.
He believed that public investment in the Town Hall would have the knock on effect of encouraging private investment in other buildings on New Street that badly needed to be done up.
At the Town Council’s budget meeting Town Clerk Michael O’Brien assured Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald there was no lack of commitment on the part of Council management in relation to this project. The Council was obliged by law to bring the Town Hall up to disability access standards by 2015.