A resolution has been put before the monthly meeting of Waterford City Council which will legally enable it to act on behalf of Kilkenny County Council under the Derelict Sites Act for the purpose of ‘removing the former hotel from dereliction’.
Overlooking the city from an unrivalled setting, since the hotel’s closure four years ago the building and its environs have become what City Manager Michael Walsh describes as “a blot of the landscape.”
Thrashed by vandals – whose anti-social and downright dangerous antics are another major concern – it’s now an ugly shell, with its wrecked interior matched by smashed windows and a graffiti-covered facade, and the once-manicured lawns are wildly overgrown.
With the Tall Ships’ Races returning to the quayside next summer the Council is obviously keen to see this embarrassment to the city removed.
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