Councillors Approve Cahir Public Realm Enhancement Proposal

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Councillors at today’s meeting of Tipperary Cahir Cashel MD unanimously approved the Cahir Public Realm Enhancement Proposal.

The adoption of the Chief Executive report on the planning application was proposed by Cllr Andy Moloney describing it as a “historic day” for Cahir and seconded by Cllr Mairin McGrath.

The enhancement would see a change to the traffic flows in the Square and an expanded Square effectively to accommodate outdoor dining and pedestrian access.

Concerns had been raised about the fountain and trees planned for the western side of the square.

Council officials have confirmed that the fountain will be retained and restored and that large planters will be used for the trees.

Cllr Andy Moloney said that the planting can be revisited if it does not seem to be totally appropriate. A total of 8 submissions were received on the project.

Some of these submissions addressed issues that are related to other planning applications or traffic flow issues that are outside the scope of the project under consideration.

Today’s meeting was informed that concerns about the use of an external fire escape on the Market House project had been resolved and that Transport Infrastructure Ireland had no issues with the plan focused on the Square.

The plan is one of 4 that will now be submitted as part of a major RRDF application later this year – the others include a library in the Craft Granary, a new car  park and a business centre in the former Market House.

The overall estimated cost for all 4 projectsis 11.5 million euros.