Clonmel’s last Mayor is a man in a hurry.
Pat English has drawn up a list of priorities for the town that he hopes will be completed before Clonmel Borough Council is abolished after the local elections in June, when the local political landscape will be dramatically changed.
“The main priority is to ensure that the former army barracks is purchased and that it becomes a hub for civic functions and cultural activities”, he says.
Tenders have already gone out for the overall plan for the site, when a civic centre will be established alongside the other stakeholders who include the Education and Training Boards (formerly VEC), who have already opened offices on the site; LIT and the Gardai, whose new station will be located there.
Cllr. English is looking forward to work starting soon to revitalise the Denis Burke Park and he’s delighted that the Borough Council is about to purchase Suir Island.
“That will be a big plus for the town and with the establishment of a new car park it will relieve a lot of parking pressure on the town centre”, he says.
He’s hopeful that the development of the area will include a special area of conservation and the construction of connecting bridges between Suir Island, Denis Burke Park and the town.
He’s also hopeful that the proposed playground for the northern side of Clonmel will be provided this year and he also wants to see the town centre further revitalised.
“It has improved but there’s room for further improvement”, he says.
Serving as Clonmel’s first citizen has been a great honour for a native of the town who’s originally from Baron Park.
“The town is full of great voluntary groups and organisations and it’s an honour to attend their functions”.
He was pleased to welcome six different families, with between 20 and 30 people in each group, to the Town Hall during the Year of the Gathering, while the civic reception for retired Doctors Paud O’Regan and Sam Kingston recognised the work of all the staff at South Tipp General Hospital, he added.