Council office in Ferrybank

QUESTIONS over the future use of the old council office in Newrath were raised at the monthly meeting of Kilkenny County Council, Mary Cody writes.

QUESTIONS over the future use of the old council office in Newrath were raised at the monthly meeting of Kilkenny County Council, Mary Cody writes.

Cllr Cora Long (Fianna Fail) asked when would people be able to tax their cars in the new council offices located at the Ferrybank Shopping Centre. “What will happen to the old office in Newrath,” she also asked council officials.

Cllr Eamon Alyward (FF) also questioned the future use of the building in Newrath. “It is back enough to have one council building falling down in Mullinavat,” he said.

Director of Services, John Dempsey said that the main problem is security relating to cash handling. “The Motor Tax Office takes in significant funding from the public. We will probably look at it again,” he added.

“It doesn’t make any sense to spend so much money (on the new office in Ferrybank) and then not be able to do anything. Why did we move from Newrath,” she asked.

County Manager Joe Crockett told her that it was ‘a long term strategic investment’. “We want our services to be at the centre of the community,” he said adding that the council property at Newrath would continue to be used as a yard.