Dempsey calls for purchase of Alps site

The Alps site on Upper Main Street, Arklow

Councillor Peter Dempsey will table a motion at next week’s Arklow Town Council meeting calling on the council to purchase the Alps site on the Upper Main Street.

The buildings comprise, the former Ormond Cinema, the former Parish Youth Club, the former Parish Hall, a two-storey house (formerly a doctor’s surgery) and a derelict cottage. There is also an additional derelict house accessed off the Vale Road.

On the 13th August 2010 An Board Pleanála granted conditional permission for the construction of a 53,000 sq m mixed-use development comprising 74 residential units, retail, office, hotel, medical centre and crèche.

“I hope that all Councillors support this motion as a final act of this council so we can put in place something that will benefit the future of the town and surrounding area, and for future generations to come,” Cllr Dempsey said.

According to Cllr Dempsey,€4 million has been raised by the council through the sale of social housing and other properties in the area.

“This money was raised in the Arklow area and we must insist as Councillors that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet on this matter.

“I feel that this money should be ringfenced for the needs of the local area and should only be spent on projects in the local area.

“Should we be fobbed off for another few months then this money will go to Wicklow County Council and Arklow will once again be the losers.”

Cllr Dempsey’s motion will also be put before Wicklow County Council by Cllr Sylvester Burke and a letter signed by six Arklow councillors will be sent to Minister Phil Hogan on the matter.

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