Council to explore 'Village refurbishment

Council to explore 'Village refurbishment

Plans are to be drawn up for a 'refurbishment' of the Village area of the city, following a Notice of Motion from one local councillor at a meeting of Kilkenny City Municipal District.

Cllr David Fitzgerald said it had been years since the last major refurbishment was done in the area.

“The pump outside Boylesports was re-erected, but very little else has been done since,” he said.

“The paved surfaces are in an incredibly poor condition.

“It is a gateway to our city and I think it now requires some refurbishment.”

Cllr Malcolm Noonan said he had recently moved back to the Loughboy area, having grown up in the Village. He agreed the area around the school and Jacob Street hadn't been done in a while. He also said there were many issues in relation to Cootes Lane and the traffic management.

Cllr Patrick McKee said he welcomed the Notice of Motion.

“There have been some improvements to the footpaths and railings, which I sought and got,” he said.

“But there is no doubt there could be improvement. There are signage issues in relation to Cootes Lane and traffic management in the area. There is also a significant amount of overhead wiring in the area – I wonder if it could be put underground?”

City engineer Seamus Kavanagh said he agreed the area needed refurbishment, including New Street and Jacob Street, as well as traffic management.

“You are probably talking about a three-year project. I will go away and make a plan and bring it back to the members. It will require funding though,” he said.