The impending dissolution of town councils in three months time has this week led to doubts over whether local authorities will be able to complete all outstanding projects in time.
Much of that unease was played out at a recent meeting of Granard Town Council as elected representatives discussed the protracted roll-out of the town’s public realm plan.
First earmarked as a tourism blueprint for the future in July 2009, the project itself has remained on the urban authority’s monthly agenda ever since.
One of its key focal points had been the market town’s historic 12th century motte, a tourist attraction which council bosses are still attempting to purchase.
Addressing the topic at last Tuesday’s meeting at Lus Na Greine, Town Clerk Ann Glancy said it was anticipated Longford Co Council Heritage Officer Mairead Ni Chonghaile would formally present the document to councillors in March.
“She (Ms Ni Chonghaile) has been held up on other projects but will put it (plan) to you when it is available at next month’s meeting hopefully,” said Ms Glancy.
“How long has this taken? the Independent representative Eddie Kelly asked .
“It won’t be done before this council ceases,” he pointed out to the meeting.
Fianna Fail’s Fintan Flood seemed just as puzzled while throwing doubts over the likelihood of the plan’s long term viablity.
“The plan might be done, but will any of the work be done?”
As she attempted to deflect those fears, Town Clerk Ann Glancy revealed progress on a separate regeneration scheme, covering the likes of Redmond and Colmcille Terrace as well as the Buttermarket was also in train.
“The public realm plan will cover the whole town. It’s a project for the future,” she stated.