21 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

There was a welcome at Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council for the commencement of works to restore the site of the stalled mixed use development project in the town centre – locally dubbed “the hole in the ground” – to its former function as a car-park.
Town Manager David Fallon told the meeting that things were moving with regard to the reinstatement project. The developers had now their licences and permits in order, and work had started.
Mr Fallon hoped there would be progress and that the work could be finished in the spring.
Sean Conlon commended the patience of the traders in Dublin Street, The Diamond and Monaghan Shopping Centre regarding the regrettable delays in addressing the site of the stalled mixed use development.
Acknowledging the persistence of the Town Council members and officials in seeking a resolution of the matter, Colr Conlon said that Sinn Féin TD for Cavan/Monaghan Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and himself had met with the developer over a long period of time to convey the difficulties and hardships local traders were experiencing.
Colr Conlon hoped to see the full reinstatement of the car-park and the restoration of pedestrian walkways in the next nine months. He said the Council would continue with its vigilance and maintain the pressure on the developers to ensure there was a conclusion to this long-running saga.
The Manager said the Council had kept a lot of pressure on the developer because they knew how traders had been discommoded. He thought the developer had been pro-active, and was living up to their responsibility. The developer had put in a clause agreeing to remedy any subsidence that might occur after the reinstatement work was completed.
Pádraigín Ui Mhurchadha said it was very heartening to see work in progress.
Robbie Gallagher stated that everyone would be delighted to see the car-park restored again.
Paul McGeown remarked that traders in Dublin Street and throughout the town had suffered a lot because of the delay in having the site addressed.
Cathaoirleach Seamus Treanor hoped that he was cutting the ribbon on the restored car-park before he vacated the Chair of the Council.

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