Carrick-on-Suir Business Association has voiced its support for proposals to build a new link road from the town’s Pill Road to the Quays that will enable coach buses to park outside Ormond Castle.
The Business Association has highlighted the need for this road in a submission it has lodged with the Town Council on the draft Carrick Town Development Plan for 2013 to 2019.
A recent meeting of Carrick-on-Suir Town Council was informed by Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin that the owner of nine acres of land along the river at the rear of the Castle is willing to sell the property to the local authority for the purpose of developing an access road and parking area for tour coaches.
But the high cost of such a project means it’s unlikely the Town Council will be able to afford to pursue it in the short to medium term given major local government funding cutbacks.
COSBA in its submission to the Draft Development Plan said it believe the building of a road stretching from the Pill Road, behind St Brigid’s Hospital and the Ormonde Castle to the Quays was an essential element to the future development of the town.
“This road would open up Ormond Castle to coach tours and the Wicklow Gardens site (located on the Quay) for development,” said the Business Association in a statement issued to The Nationalist.
“There is great potential for job creation between the improved tourism attraction, additional retail and food outlets, perhaps a craft village, Tudor gardens, a water-sports centre etc,” the Business Association continued.
COSBA also argued that news St Brigid’s Hospital may require extra parking spaces only adds to the urgency for this road to allow access to the rear of the hospital.
The Association has overall welcomed the draft Carrick-on-Suir Development Plan and stated that it is pleased with its emphasis on developing the town centre for further retail expansion.
It has pinpointed the Wicklow Gardens site and the area between Super Valu and the Clonmel road as the two development areas in Carrick-on-Suir.
Super Valu is already planning to extend it car parking into the old ESB yard in this area.