20 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Town’s much talked about ‘hole in the ground’ – the site of the stalled mixed use development project in the centre of the county capital – could be a thing of the past come the end of February 2013, Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council was informed.
Town Manager David Fallon told councillors that the Council had now signed a contract with developers Clarkes for work to commence on the restoration of the site to its original condition as a car-park.
Mr Fallon said the only issue outstanding was the permit which the developers required, but once the permit issue was dealt with work would commence. Clarkes’ timeframe was to begin the project at the end of August. The Manager added that it was hoped that the work would be finished by next Spring.
Town Engineer Gareth McMahon said the programme the Council had seen had allowed up to the end of next February for the works.
Mr Fallon told Cathaoirleach Seamus Treanor that a valid bond for the reinstallation project was in place. The bond would apply for two years after the work was complete, which would allow for any subsidence at the site to be remedied.
The Manager added that the bond that had been in place for the original mixed used project was no longer needed – this was a new bond of a different scale.
The Engineer assured the members that an amendment had been put in place to the original project agreement to protect the Town Council’s interest.
Replying to David Maxwell, the Manager said that the developers would have to pay the Town Council for the cost of renting the temporary car-parking space at McNally’s Yard, and would also have to meet any legal fees incurred by the Council. There were legal agreements in place to ensure that any outstanding monies were paid.
Sean Conlon said that Dublin Street ratepayers had been badly impacted by the delay in having the site of the development restored, and this should not be lost sight of.
“We all look forward to the day when the ‘hole in the ground’ will once again be filled in, and we hope this will change the trading environment in the town, particularly in the Dublin Street area, to protect the interests of our ratepayers and shopkeepers,” Colr Conlon added.

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