As the old former creamery wall crumbled on Friday morning last Clonmel's Acropolis emerged centre stage on Suir Island yet again.The mountain of rubble of the former Avonmore and other buildings has lain on site for well over a decade now as work commences on laying footpaths from Old Bridge to Stretches Island.
Down the years many reports have been commissioned by the local authority on Suir Island, the CAAS Report in the early years to the more recent one, see below. In fact little or nothing has come of these reports to date so it will be a relief when details of this latest report comes into the public domain.Blackwood and Assoc.Conservation Architects were,I understand retained to execute the report sometime prior to 2014.
Suircan,a voluntary community association has taken an active interest in Suir Island for many years and worked with the former Borough Council ,responding to the Masterplan arrived at by a consultant- this prior to the Blackwood one.
The WBC- Workmens'Boat Club also commissioned and paid for a computer model of the islands that make up the Suir Islands and offered same to the then Borough Council......
Now that the Council owns the islands in great part it's time to see what plans for the development of the islands are in place or are emerging.The public has a right to input to these deliberations individually or through Suircan,the WBC or other voluntary bodies.The last thing we need is piecemeal development....
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