GLANBIA’S decision to commence works at its site in Kilmeaden has been warmly welcomed, 14 years after cheese production ceased at the plant. “We are working on a master plan proposal for the future phased development of our 64 acres of zoned land at Kilmeaden,” said Glanbia’s Paddy O’Keeffe, “and we hope to present this to Waterford City & County Council early in 2019.”
Of the 260 acres owned by Glanbia at Kilmeaden, 64 acres are currently designated as a strategic site in County Waterford, together with 20 acres of adjoining land owned by South East Construction.
Kilmeaden based Cllr John O’Leary (FF) believes that new activity at the site would provide a huge lift to the region. “Since the factory closed, I have had great hopes for the site and have spoken with Glanbia on many occasions,” he said.
“This is a very welcome development which will be great for the area. Glanbia has been very good to Kilmeaden and the county. There is massive potential and I wish Glanbia the very best of luck. I hope the outcome will be good both for Kilmeaden and Waterford.” Brendan Hayes, Glanbia board member representing East Waterford, said the site had become a “health issue” and had attracted anti-social behaviour. “The site is not attractive at present but we believe opportunities will arise once the site is taken down to ground level,” he said.
Mr Hayes said a number of potential investors have expressed interest in the site over the years.
“Glanbia will work with whoever wants to come on board and with Waterford City & County Council,” he said. “We will listen to everything and hopefully the site can be developed quickly.”