A county councillor has described the appearance of several rundown vacant properties in Carrick-on-Suir town centre as being reminiscent of war torn Berlin in 1945 and called on the Town Council to take action to compel their owners to improve their appearance.
Labour Cllr Bobby Fitzgerald said the state of the group of three derelict buildings at the end of Kickham Street and the former service station at the corner of Kickham Street and John Street was “shameful”.
He called on Carrick-on-Suir Town Council to apply the full rigours of local government legislation to force their owners to remove the buildings from dereliction.
To compel the owners of these delapidated properties to improve their appearance, the Town Council must get the buildings officially declared as derelict. Under law, the owners of derelict sites have the pay an annual levy of four per cent of the value of the properties until they are removed from dereliction.
Cllr Fitzgerald told The Nationalist that he had received a lot of complaints from Carrick-on-Suir people about the state of these town centre properties, which were next to the main N24 route through the town.
“It’s shameful to see buildings that should occupy a place of prominence within the very heartbeat of our town being allowed to fall into such an appalling state of neglect and disrepair.
“These buildings are reminiscent of scenes to be found in Berlin in 1945 at the end of World War II,” he said.
“Is this the image of Carrick on Suir that we want to portray to passing tourists. It is also extremely unfair to the decent people of the town who reside and run their businesses in these areas. Imagine having to wake up every morning and looking out your window at that. It’s terrible.”
“The full rigours of local government and its legislative powers should be applied to those responsible for the upkeep or development of these properties, many off which are now unsafe. To these people I say ‘shame on you’, declared the councillor, who was co-opted to Denis Landy’s former seat on South Tipperary Co. Council earlier this month.