All of Carrick’s derelict sites should be spruced up, says councillor

A county councillor has called for all derelict sites in Carrick-on-Suir to receive a face-lift to improve the overall appearance of the town following the successful makeover a local business group gave to three eyesore buildings on Kickham Street.

A county councillor has called for all derelict sites in Carrick-on-Suir to receive a face-lift to improve the overall appearance of the town following the successful makeover a local business group gave to three eyesore buildings on Kickham Street.

A picture of the derelict buildings at the end of Kickham Street that Carrick-on-Suir Business Association following their transformation by Carrick-on-Suir Business Association was published in The Nationalist last week.

Now Cllr Bobby Fitzgerald has appealed for other derelict sites in the town to received the same type of makeover to not only improve the town’s appearance but also to enhance community pride.

Cllr Bobby Fitzgerald, who in 2011 described the three derelict site as being reminiscent of a scene from war ravaged Berlin at the end of World War 11, has welcomed the improvements to the buildings and praised their “unbelievable transformation”.

The rundown state of the site had so exercised the Labour councillor that he drew attention to its condition at a public meeting about the new Carrick-on-Suir Town Development Plan in The Carraig Hotel in January. He said he indicated at the meeting that he had received the owner’s permission to improves the appearance of the site and would do the work himself if nothing was done about it within weeks.

But the Business Association took action before he had to and used funding it received from Carrick-on-Suir Town Council for environmental projects to paint the buildings and properly board up their windows and doorways.

“I would like to commend the Carrick On Suir Business Association and the builders and decorators for the excellent work they did in the area which will help to promote Carrick On Suir in a more positive light.”