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Old Erin Foods Site Set For €24 Million Redevelopment

Bright New Horizon for Thurles.

Independent T.D. Deputy Michael Lowry has confirmed that the Lidl group architects Clarman, have completed extensive pre planning consultations with Tipperary County council and have lodged a formal planning application.

As most people are aware Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG is a German global discount supermarket chain, based in Neckarsulm, Germany, that operates over 10,000 stores across Europe and the United States.

This application also includes planning for the construction of 60,000 Sq. Ft. of modern business accommodation. This will be marketed as “Thurles Business Innovation Centre”.

The accommodation will be finished to a very high specification and will be enabled for fibre broadband connectivity. The campus will have the capability to act as a regional hub for technology and research. There is a very strong demand for such facilities at present, given the lack of suitable accommodation at competitive rates.

The planning application will include the demolition and removal of all existing buildings along with the clearance of the entire 8.5 acre site. Lidl will construct a modern new store of approximately 22,000 sq. ft, with associated car parking to be serviced by means of a new entrance.


This project will comprise 3 phases:
Phase 1 :- The demolition of the existing buildings and full site clearance. This in itself is a very substantial contract requiring specialist contractors. It involves the removal of huge quantities of asbestos. This is a hazardous waste. There are stringent regulations governing its removal and disposal. I have been assured by Lidl that this sensitive material will be handled in full compliance with International standards.
Phase 2 :- The construction of a new site entrance. The site will be accessed by means of a proposed new roadway which will form the initial phase of the inner relief road for Thurles, linking Slievenamon Road to the Mill Road. Also to be included as part of the development works, are significant improvements to the River walkway at the rear of the site.
Phase 3 :- The construction of the new state of the art retail store and 60,000 sq. ft. business centre. The Lidl decision to locate a new store on the old Erin Foods site has enabled the entire site to be redeveloped. The very substantial investment by Lidl in their new store including infrastructure such as roadways, car parking, water, waste water, power supply and high end IT capability has made the remainder of the site extremely attractive to Castletown Capital. The entire project creates an exciting opportunity to revitalise a prime site which has been dormant for many years. It will generate significant job opportunities and revitalise the local Thurles economy.

The project will take 2 years to complete after planning is granted. Both Lidl and Castletown Capital have committed, where possible, to use local materials and trade suppliers.

Announcing the project, Deputy Lowry stated, “This is fantastic news for Thurles. Like every rural town it has struggled to recover from the recession. This project, with an investment of €24 Million, will give Thurles a new lease of life and reinvigorate the economy. This exciting project together with the €6.5 Million set aside for the re-development of the Town Centre, will have a transformative effect. Thankfully, after many dark days, there is the prospect of a bright new horizon”.

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Free Parking Initiatives For Some Tipperary Towns This Christmas

Thurles Town Centre

Free Christmas Parking Thurles:
Free parking has been granted by Tipperary County Council to consumers in Thurles, in all public car parks, on the following dates only:-  Saturday December 8th; Saturday December 15th and Saturday December 22nd, 2018.

Roscrea & Templemore:
The situation is similar for the Tipperary town of Roscrea, while Templemore consumers can park anywhere throughout the town on the same above stated dates.

Tipperary Town:
Tipperary Town on the other hand will have free parking outright, from Saturday December 1st, until close of business on December 31st, (New Years’ Eve, close of business).  Same special concession must have been influenced by two protests better known as #MARCH4TIPP.  The MARCH4TIPP Campaign picketed the Tipperary Town’s local authority offices yesterday, with protesters demanding that Councillors scrap pay parking charges in the town.

Cashel:
Free parking arrangements in Cashel is again confined to public car parks only; but here on Saturday 1st December; Saturday 8th December; Saturday 15th December; Saturday 22nd December and Saturday 29th December 2018

Nenagh:
Free parking arrangements in the Town of Nenagh over the Christmas period are also confined to public car-parks, but from Saturday December 15th to Wednesday December 26th 2018; with normal pay parking, being applied on streets from 10.00am to 18.30pm, while shops are open, between the latter stated dates.

This Tipperary Co. Council so called “free parking initiative”, is supposedly designed to promote local trade and to encourage support for resident Town Traders, during the Christmas season. But of course, one of the reasons that consumers no longer enter the centre of our main towns; in any great numbers at least, is due solely to these same ‘pay-parking’ initiatives, introduced by Tipperary Co. Council; which have succeeded in driving consumers to seek the free parking sites provided by the large Supermarkets and Multiples, e.g. Lidl, Aldi and Dunnes Stores.

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Templemore Flood Relief Scheme Update

Progress Report On Templemore Flood Relief Scheme – Michael Lowry T.D.

Independent Deputy Mr Michael Lowry has today confirmed that “further to a number of meetings with Minister Boxer Moran concerning my desire to ensure that the Templemore Flood Relief Scheme is advanced as quickly as possible I have been informed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) that the main scheme is progressing. Also an engineering solution has been identified and agreed with the engineering staff of Tipperary County Council, to resolve the flooding problems at Blackcastle Road and Priory Demesne which have had a huge negative impact on residents of that area”.

Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry

Deputy Lowry stated:
• The Templemore flood relief scheme commenced construction in June 2017, being carried out directly by OPW staff, with specialist contractors engaged as necessary.

• The OPW have 10 directly employed staff committed to the scheme, active on 5 different sites across Templemore. If necessary an additional crew will be assigned to the site to keep within the completion time scale.

• Work has been progressing in several areas of Templemore, with 3 field bridges now complete, and 2 further bridges under construction.

• Over 130m of new channel has been excavated, with 320m of existing river downstream from the town having been widened.

• A structure on the Richmond road has been demolished successfully, and works on utilities diversions are also ongoing.

• OPW staff have been in ongoing discussions with landowners in the area, as well as with concerned bodies such as Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the local angling club.

• It is envisaged that, barring significant delays, works should be completed towards the end of 2019.

Deputy Lowry stated that he is very grateful for the support of Minister Boxer Moran and the commitment of the OPW to this project. “I am satisfied that all of the disappointments and setbacks of the past have been overcome with this scheme coming to fruition next year”, Deputy Lowry concluded.

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Forty Two Immediate New Jobs For Co. Tipperary

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.

Today Deputy Michael Lowry TD, will welcome Minister Pat Breen (Fine Gael Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, since June 2017), to Co. Tipperary, where it is confirmed the Minister will announce 42 new jobs for the county.

Minister Breen is currently Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee and is deputy leader of the Irish Delegation to the Council of Europe.

These roles are based across three companies, in both the North and South of the county; with 21 jobs being created in Mack Engineering, Nenagh; 15 jobs in Horizon Offsite, Cahir, and 6 jobs in Phil Purcell Engineering, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

In a statement Deputy Lowry has said;  “I am delighted that these new jobs have been supported by our Local Enterprise Office in their effort to support local indigenous business. I would like to complement these family owned businesses on the enterprise and initiatives they have shown and the great efforts they make, to sustain and grow their businesses and to develop local employment.”

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Erin Foods, Thurles Set For Multi-Million Redevelopment

Former Erin Foods Site, Thurles, Set For Redevelopment With Multi-Million Investment.

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.,has confirmed that Lidl Ireland have agreed contracts with the owner of the former Erin foods site for the purchase of a 2.5 acre section of this prime property.

Lidl group architects Clarman have completed extensive pre planning consultations with Tipperary County council and are currently in the process of lodging a formal planning application.

The proposed planning application will include the demolition and removal of all existing buildings along with clearance of the entire 8.5 acre site. Lidl intend constructing a modern new store of approx. 22,000 sq. ft with associated car parking to be serviced by means of a new entrance.

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.

The project will take 2 years to complete and Lidl have committed where possible to use local material and trades suppliers.

The project will comprise 3 phases with:
Phase 1 of the project being the demolition of the existing buildings and full site clearance. This in itself is a very substantial contract requiring specialist contractors. It involves the removal of huge quantities of asbestos. This is a hazardous waste. There are stringent regulations governing its removal and disposal. I have been assured by Lidl that this sensitive material will be handled in full compliance with International standards.

Phase 2 will involve the construction of a new site entrance.
The site will be accessed by means of a proposed new roadway which will form the initial phase of the inner relief road for Thurles linking Slievenamon Road to the Mill Road. Also to be included as part of the development works are significant improvements to the River walkway at the rear of the site.

Phase 3 is the construction of the new state of the art retail store.
The Lidl decision to locate a new store on the Erin Foods site enables the entire site to be redeveloped. The very substantial investment by Lidl in their new store including infrastructure such as roadways, car parking, water, waste water, power supply and high end IT capability makes the remainder of the site extremely attractive to other potential investors. It creates an exciting opportunity to revitalise a prime site which has been dormant for years.

Deputy Lowry has stated that he has already been in contact with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to highlight the enormous potential and attractiveness of the remaining 6 acres to companies in need of a fully serviced site.

When the Lidl contract is complete it is the intention of the owner of the remainder of this landmark site to make it publicly available and marketed as an ideal location for office accommodation / research and development facility or manufacturing base. This site will once again be a centre of economic activity and in due course create significant job opportunities.

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