FERRYBANK’S long-awaited €1 million library and new local authority offices are to open within weeks, locally-based TD, John Paul Phelan can confirm. The 34-year-old who lives nearby, says he’s just had confirmation from county manager, Joe Crockett, that the library is now complete and work on the new offices located overhead will be finished by the end of this week.
“This development will bring new life into Ferrybank and will be a great boost to the area. I’ve just received confirmation from the county manager that the physical works and filling out in the library is now complete and that the task of stocking and tagging of books is also finished,” he said. “The necessary ICT for staff is also in place and the new offices on the first floor overhead will be ready by the end of this week. The open, concourse area and the common stairwell and pedestrian access points have all been made safe now for members of the public. The only outstanding issues which remain to be resolved now relate to the commissioning of the new units and the handover of technical documentation which relates to the operation and the maintenance of the building. This is a legal requirement,” he added.
“But we now expect that the library and the offices will be open within the coming weeks. This is fantastic news for the entire Ferrybank community, a very large area which has expanded rapidly in recent years. The library will be a great meeting and focal point in the community and the throughput of business there and at the local authority offices will bring more business to Ferrybank and I’d hope that shops, cafes and other businesses in the area will do very well as a result,” he concluded.