Social Democrats TD for Wicklow, Deputy Jennifer Whitmore has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that progress is being made with regards to the vacant HSE building in Delgany. Deputy Whitmore contacted the HSE to get an update on progress being made in the transfer of the building to Wicklow County Council. Delgany Community Council have called for the building to be used as a heritage centre for the area.
Speaking on the news, Deputy Whitmore says, “it’s good news that progress is underway to transfer the building to the Council. The HSE have confirmed to me that they are in dialogue with officials to transfer the centre. A valuation will be undertaken first while a solicitor is due to draft a contract for sale.
“I am very pleased to see this progress being made. When I first discovered that the building was to be sold on the open market by the HSE, I immediately contacted Wicklow County Council and the HSE to stop this from happening, and requested instead that the building be used for community purposes.
“All going well, the process is expected to conclude early next year. This is very exciting for the local community who have campaigned long and hard for a heritage centre in the area and who continue to work with Wicklow County Council to turn the vacant building into one.
“Delgany is crying out for a space to showcase its diverse history including nature walks, the Three Trouts Stream and its unique archaeological heritage. Delgany is also home of Éamon de Buitléar, a well-respected national figure on environment issues. I believe this facility would make for a fantastic heritage centre, not just for Delgany but for the wider county and surrounding areas. There is so much to showcase in Wicklow such as the rich natural, historical and archaeological heritage this county has to offer.
“I want to thank Delgany Community Council for all their hard work and Wicklow County Council who to continue to negotiate with the community on the possibility of a heritage centre. I look forward to the process progressing in time for the new year” concludes Whitmore.