Carrick-on-Suir Town Council management have confirmed that they have looked at other buildings as alternatives to the Town Hall for the headquarters of the new Carrick Municipal District to see if they would be a cheaper option to renovate.
Sinn Fein Cllr Liam Walsh asked Council’s management at the local authority’s last annual budget meeting should alternative buildings in the town suitable for the Council’s business be examined while the Mayor Cllr Kieran Bourke asked if it was a possibility that the Town Hall would be bypassed.
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien confirmed the Council had looked at some alternative buildings for the headquarters of the new Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District that will replace the Town Council and will cover the town as well as a large rural constituency after the local elections.
“If another building becomes available that is a lot cheaper, it would be remiss of us not to consider it. Any of the buildings we looked at would still need significant modifications,” he added.
Mr O’Brien stressed the money the Town Council had put aside for the revampe of the Town Hall will be ring fenced for spending in Carrick-on-Suir if for any reason the Town Hall isn’t upgraded.
Independent Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald appealed to the Council’s senior officials to get the renovations ofoff the ground before the June local elections to ensure the Town Hall building on New Street continues to be used as a Town Hall in the future. He said the Town Clerk’s comments made him nervous.
Mr O’Brien replied that Council management would take on board the councillors views, discuss the matter and come back to councillors in the New Year. They didn’t have a specific “road map” at the moment, he added.