The landmark shopping centre at Ferrybank was not due to open for business in the foreseeable future, a meeting of the Piltown Electoral Area Committee of Kilkenny County Council was told in Newrath this week.
Replying to questions from South Kilkenny County Councillors, the Area Engineer, Denis Lawlor, said the shopping centre was not due to open soon. He said he had asked the developer to cover up a number of signs at the development.
Committee Chairman, Cllr Pat Dunphy (FG), said he made certain enquiries regarding footpaths in the area and was given to understand that there would be no immediate opening of the shopping centre.
It was an impressive building and it was lying idle. Another major building, the Ardree Hotel in Ferrybank, ‘had gone to rack and ruin’.
Senior Executive Officer, Anne Marie Walsh, said that, in the present economic climate, there was very little the Council could do to speed up the opening of the shopping centre. The Council had no contact with the developer and could not ask when it was due to open and they did not know the identity of the anchor tenant.
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