Future of Monaghan’s “hole in the ground” under scrutiny

24 September 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The members of Monaghan Town Council agreed on Monday night to the suggestion of Town Manager Declan Nelson that the developers of the stalled ‘mixed use’ project in the town centre be requested to fill in portion of the site in order to restore car-parking close to the Dublin Street part of the town.
The Manager expressed the view that the measure would keep the project alive, stating that at the same time the developers could pursue their stated objective of providing the civic offices portion of the scheme as its first phase.
During a lively debate on the ongoing controversy over the much-delayed scheme, Independent councillor Seamus Treanor had appealed to the Council to “take courage in their hands” and call a halt to the project, recommending that the site of the development, “the hole in the ground” in his terminology, be filled in totally.
Colr Treanor referred to a recent in-committee meeting that had taken place between the Council and the Manager Director of Clarkes, Tommy Clarke, and David Mole, Project Manager, and said that revised plans presented by the developers at that meeting – which included the building of a hotel and a cinema – were unrealistic and “totally off the wall”.
However, contentions by Colr Treanor that the delayed development had contributed to the economic decline of the town were strongly challenged by Fine Gael councillor Mary Carroll, who described this argument as erroneous and facile.
Raising the issue, Colr Treanor referred to documentation before the members that he said seemed to outline the developers’ final draft plan for the project, which included the construction of a 60-bed hotel and a cinema.  He thought this scheme was totally off the wall, and they did not need further hotel beds in the town.

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