After many months of engagement with the joint owners, receivers and the bank to secure the protection of the public from the collapse of a dangerous building on High Street, Sligo County Council has reached agreement to acquire the building and has now commenced work to render it safe.
Council Makes Dangerous Building Safe
‘I am delighted that this long-standing issue is finally being brought to a conclusion in the public interest’ said the Cathaoirleach Councillor Martin Baker ‘I would also like to pay tribute to the staff of the Council for their professionalism in dealing with a complex and difficult issue.’
Sligo County Council’s Director of Services Tom Kilfeather said that every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum while the work is being carried out: ‘ High Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6am on Sunday morning 9th September 2018 to facilitate the demolition of the front part of the building. Diversions will be in place and pedestrian access will be maintained on the eastern side of High Street. Works will temporarily cease during mass times in the Friary on Sunday. While the parking area in front of the building will be cordoned off, it is intended to reopen the street to vehicular traffic during the early hours of Monday 10th September”.
When this phase of the project is completed, the remainder of the contract can be completed within the confines of the cordoned-off site. The cooperation of local residents, businesses, pedestrians and road users is being sought while these essential works are being carried out.