North Quays demolition to proceed
DEMOLITION work is expected to commence on the North Quays by the end of this month.
At the January plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Cha O’Neill (Ind) sought an update on the proposed works.
Director of Economic Development Lar Power confirmed that the planned demolition would commence this month.
Cllr O’Neill asked if the work would be undertaken by a different company to that which was originally tasked with the job last year.
Mr Power confirmed that the demolition work would be carried out by Loftus Demolition, Cork.
Meanwhile, Strategic Development Zone status has been granted by the government for the North Quays which paves the way for fast-tracking the area’s long awaited development.
The designation was announced followed a Cabinet meeting last week.
According to Minister of State Paudie Coffey, this designation will bring certainty to the entire brownfield site “that has the potential to be a game-changer for our city and our region”.
Meeting with Minister on WIT
WATERFORD councillors have sought a meeting with the Minister for Education in relation to the upgrading of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).
Speaking at the January plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Davy Daniels (Ind) asked if a response had been received from the Department of Education in relation to a proposal he had put forward.
At the council’s December plenary meeting, Cllr Daniels had sought an update on the upgrading of WIT and proposed that the council write to Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan requesting a meeting.
This was seconded by Cllr Cha O’Neill (Ind) and it was agreed that a letter would be sent from Waterford City & County Council.
At this month’s meeting, Meeting Administrator Eddie Ruane said no response had been received but added that the letter had only been sent to the Minister’s department early in the New Year.
Flooding resolved at Poleberry
RECENT flooding issues in Poleberry have been resolved, according to a Waterford City & County Council official.
At the council’s December plenary meeting, Cllr Breda Brennan (SF) had highlighted how the Poleberry Link Road area had flooded despite the construction of the city’s flood relief scheme.
Speaking at the January plenary meeting, Cllr Breda Brennan (SF) sought an update on the situation.
Director of Services Paul Daly explained that the issue in Poleberry now appears to have been resolved.
However, he said Waterford City & County Council was still in the process of examining the Inner Ring Road area and striving to seek a resolution.
The Inner Ring Road was one of the areas of the city which was particularly badly flooded during the recent inclement weather.
Call-outs at Dunmore Fire Station
A LACK of call-outs at Dunmore East Fire Station has been queried by a local councillor.
“During the storms, Waterford City Fire Service was extremely busy,” said Cllr Pat Fitzgerald (SF) when raising the issue at the January plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council.
He said he believed that Dunmore East Fire Station had not dealt with call-outs during the same period and asked if there was any particular reason for this.
Director of Services Paul Daly explained that call-outs were managed from Dublin and Limerick.
He said the protocol was to refer each call to the nearest station.
“If they didn’t get a call-out it’s because they weren’t needed,” he said.