Local councillors have supported a call from Councillor Andy Moloney that Tipperary Council contact the Department of Rural and Community Development regarding delays to the commencement of the Activating Cahir’s Town Centre Regeneration Strategy project.
The Cahir project involves the delivery of a new car park, a new library (in the former Craft Granary), a Business centre and enhancements to the public realm in the town centre. Project funding was awarded last year under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund – the Department of Rural and Community Development is providing €11.915M and Tipperary Council is to provide €2.978M.
Despite the funding allocation and planning approval the project is being paused by the Department until it is satisfied with “the level of progress achieved in relation to the Carrick on Suir Regeneration Plan and on other existing Rural Regeneration and Development funds projects currently being progressed by Tipperary County Council.”
Councillor Moloney wants the council to seek permission to begin work on the new car park and library using the Council’s own funding (€2.978M) to prevent the overall project being delayed and possibly facing a future shortage of funding due to overruns elsewhere.