KILKENNY Borough Council is planning to extend the pay station building at the Market Yard, including the addition of two public toilets.
The proposed extension will measure 39 square metres and will consist of staff welfare facilities room, service and storage rooms and two universal access public toilets.
The site is located in the city centre architectural conservation area as set out in the City and Environs Development Plan 2008-2014.
Fianna Fáil councillor Andrew McGuinness welcomed the proposed extension. “I would like to welcome the proposed development of a public toilet facility at the Market Yard as the lack of this type of facility has been an issue for some time. It will come as good news for the many shoppers who travel to the city from surrounding towns and villages who have often faced the difficulty of finding a public toilet on that side of the city centre,” Cllr McGuinness said.
“It will also be much welcomed by many elderly people who shop at the Market Yard and have had to deal with the inconvenience of walking to the facility on the Parade in search of a public toilet. We have been pushing for this type of facility at the Market Yard for some time in response to the numerous requests from the general public so I’m delighted that progress is being made on providing a basic yet essential facility for Kilkenny shoppers,” he said.
His party colleague Cllr Joe Reidy said the facilities were badly needed. “Money has been put aside for this development so hopefully work can start in the new year,” he said.
Plans and details of the proposed development will be available for inspection at the offices of city hall on High Street until January 13.
Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with proper planning and development of the area in which the works will be situated, may be made in writing no later than February 1 at noon.