The gable wall of No 22 Vicar Street, which was to be demolished to make way for the Central Access Scheme, is now to be retained alongside the new road, Kilkenny local authorities have said.
The decision will not affect the planned alignment of the road. In what the local authorities are describing as a ‘significant compromise’, county manager Joe Crockett wrote to councillors this afternoon to inform them of the change of plans. As had previously been mooted by Mr Crockett, No 20 Vicar Street is also to remain intact.
Last month, two reports into the buildings at 21 and 22 Vicar Street were published which said that the houses in Vicar Street are not Medieval. The council now says that, notwithstanding these findings, the gable wall will now be retained.
Mr Crockett’s letter said the decision was taking into consideration the strong views expressed by a number of parties, including An Taisce, the Heritage Council and others in relation to the value of the gable wall of No 22.
“In order to avoid further disagreement and further costs of investigation, and in the possible interest of the building heritage of Kilkenny, it has been decided to retain the gable wall of No 22 and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has been notified accordingly,” he said.