The Municipal District should consider the former Presentation Convent grounds as a possible site in Cashel for providing coach and car parking facilities in the future, heard Councillors at the November meeting.
This was in response to a call by Cllr Tom Wood that, “due to increasing visitor numbers and other visitor related developments, I call on the relevant sections... to proceed with the identification of suitable sites for such facilities as a matter of urgency”.
While the Cashel Palace will play a “major role” in providing accommodation for coaches, there is still a need to retain tourists in the heart of town. The former Presentation Convent grounds is close by to the proposed Friar Street Bolton Library exhibition, and there could be parking in that area.
“It’s very close to the town centre,” said Cllr Wood. “There were 360,000 visitors to the Rock” up to last month, and “we have to look at what we can do to attract more coaches.” There should also be a standardised approach to shop fronts in the heritage town, and new shop owners should be made aware of the guidelines. “Cashel Tipperary MD is currently in the process of replacing the Entry Signage for Cashel Town and providing estate signage in Tipperary town. All other road signs will be reviewed as part of this process, and any redundant signs removed,” management responded.
The guidelines for shop fronts are also available in the Town Development Plan, said District Administrator Marie McGivern.
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Cllr Wood again called for Town Councils to be re-instated. “With a review of local authorities underway in advance of the next Municipal Elections... but an eerie silence from all sides relative to the re-introduction of Town Councils, this authority calls on the Taoiseach and the relevant Department to outline, what, if any plans, are envisaged to facilitate both elections.” The Independent Councillor was told this was contained in various political parties’ manifestos as a campaign pledge, but there was no need to wait for a General Election. The Municipal Elections of 2019 should also be elections for the Town Councils, otherwise, “we’ll have to wait another five years.” “We all recognise it as a great loss to the people of Cashel and Tipperary. It put a significant dent in our democracy. It was recognised as such within months, as an error across the board. They needed some re-organisation, not abolition.” Cllr Roger Kennedy said it was in the Fianna Fáil manifesto, but it could be phased in as “wards”.