Councillors eager to ensure that Clonmel’s Town Hall will feature prominently in the new Clonmel and Cahir Municipal District centre, were unhappy to hear that this will not be the case.
Town manager Sinead Carr said that the location of the new municipal district meetings will be decided by councillors who will be elected to it in May 2014.
While she hoped the Town Hall would be the venue for such meetings, she said councillors cannot be forced to meet there.
The remainder of the building will be used for office accommodation for the new all-Tipperary council, she said.
She was responding to Cllr Darren Ryan who proposed a motion calling on the county manager and members of the merger team of North and South Tipperary to ensure that the Town Hall be designated as the offices of the new Municipal District authority.
As part of Minister Phil Hogan’s local government reform, once Clonmel Borough Council is abolished, the building will be closed to members of the public.
One customer services desk will be located in County Hall premises, on Mick Delahunty Square, where there will be a separate section for the Clonmel and Cahir Municipal District. But Cllr Ryan said he couldn’t understand why the staff and customer services desk would be moved away, when it could remain as a separate entity to deal solely with Municipal District business.
But Ms Carr said that they had been tasked to provide a ‘streamlined, slimmed down service’ and as part of that service delivery model there is no point having two customer services desks in Clonmel, that would end up confusing people. “Really what we should be looking at is how can the service be delivered efficiently and effectively,” she said. Cllr Ryan said he appreciated what Ms Carr was saying but he still wanted to write to the county manager. He received support for this from all councillors except Cllr Niall Dennehy. Cllr Dennehy who celebrated his civil marriage in the Town Hall, supported the use of the building for future meetings, but not writing to the county manager.