The Mayor of Clonmel/Cahir Borough District, Martin Lonergan has welcomed the contract signing for the transfer of the former Kickham Army Barracks to Tipperary County Council.
“I welcome the fact that the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, signed an agreement in principle for the acquisition of the former Kickham Barracks site in Clonmel with Tipperary County Council in the Council Chamber in Clonmel.
“This is indeed a good news story for Clonmel and its surrounds. On March 31, 2012, Clonmel Town and Tipperary were dealt a major blow with the closure of Kickham Army Barracks ending the presence of the Defence Forces in the town which affected many families, businesses and cast a shadow of uncertainty and doubt over the future of the Barracks site.
“Now, under redevelopment proposals the Kickham Barracks Complex will become a dynamic, innovative and creative cultural, educational and civic quarter that builds on the character and setting of the Barracks, creates a visual and physical link with the town centre and improves the quality of life and cultural offer in Clonmel.
“This vision will be achieved by the combined support and commitment to the site by the Education and Training Board, An Garda Síochana, Limerick Institute of Technology and Tipperary County Council.
“The site due to its setting, location and extent has the potential to impact positively upon and influence the development of Clonmel Town and County well into the future.
“I would be hopeful that, the process of investment, planning and re-development can proceed as soon as possible and that funding will be provided that will not directly impact on the Local Authorities budgets and services into the future.”