Lead Contactor For Local Aldi Expansion Says Taxpayers Won’t Pay For Repairs To Damaged Belisha Beacon

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The lead contractor on the ALDI store expansion in Tipperary town says the taxpayer will not be paying for repairs to the Belisha Beacon at the Pedestrian crossing on Mitchell street which was damaged today by a large lorry entering the site.

The “orange” beacon lights are operational despite the pole being badly damaged and part of the casing on the light fixture being damaged.

The incident occurred shortly after noon today.

The store closed last night to enable construction works and a store refit to be completed with February 15th the reopening date.

The expansion and interior refit will see one new aisle added and the installation of a machine for the new Deposit Return Scheme to enable customers to return cans and bottles and redeem the deposit paid by customers at the time of purchase. Stock to which the deposit applies does not have to be fully in place until July.

The Belisha Beacon, which is still functioning was examined by site manager Ian Gilkss today who committed to engage with Tipperary County Council on the matter.

As of now it has not been established if the over head street lighting fixture on the Beacon is operational.

It is understood that the matter had not been reported by the driver and it was Tipp Mid West Radio that brought the incident to the attention of the site manager.