Bright future for Borrisokane with town revamp 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

AFTER many years of waiting and several setbacks, the green light has been given for a complete revamp of Borrisokane's main thoroughfare, where the current condition of footpaths and road-surfaces have been described as some of the worst in North Tipperary.

After going through the final stages of a second Part 8 planning process last week when the project was rubber-stamped by local Councillors, work is expected to start on the €3-million project early in 2018, where 2.2-km of the N52 in the centre of Borrisokane will be completely resurfaced.

 The entire streetscape of Borrisokane will be renewed, where high grade materials will create a town centre that will rival the very best in the country and local representatives were very pleased to see the project cross the finish line of the planning stages at the monthly meeting of the Nenagh Municipal Council last week.

"The story of the Main Street needing work in Borrisokane has been going on for years - there isn't a street in Ireland that needs attention more," Cllr Get Darcy told the meeting.

"It has given Borrisokane an unwanted name as one of the least attractive towns in Tipperary and the job needed to be done urgently. But, a project like this is like making an omelette - you have to break eggs - and the vast majority of people and businesses are willing to put up with the upset that is going to be caused. I think this is the most important project in North Tipperary right now," Cllr Darcy said.

Local representative from the area, Cllr Joe Hannigan, praised the designers, John Nolan and Niall Murphy and said the team involved in the public consultation process were very receptive to people's concerns.

"I hope local businesses are not discommoded for too long when the end comes for this saga that has been going on for so many years. It sends a message that Borrisokane has not been forgotten about and the town is going to go from being one of the worst in the county to one of the best," Cllr Hannigin said.

"The pace of economic development has been what we want for Borrisokane, but now it will be a modernised town can realise its full potential - this is a great day for Borrisokane," he said.

Cllr Seamie Morris told the meeting that he was very critical of the first Part 8 process and that he is satisfied many of the issues were addressed when it was revisited.

"Borrisokane coming back into the electoral area where it rightly belongs was great news recently and this is more great news for the town. This is a great day for Borrisokane, where people have put up with so much - the people of Borrisokane deserve this," he said. 

Director of Services, Marcus O'Connor, told the meeting that a "huge amount of work went into the project, with 20 to 30 different meetings taking place."

"The plans will be returned to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) who will draw up the contracts and then it will go to tender. We hope work will start in Borrisokane early in the new year," he said. 

Cllr Michael O'Meara, who excused himself from the meeting due to a conflict of interest, congratulated everyone involved after Cllrs Darcy and Hannigan proposed and seconded the project.

"This truly is a great day for Borrisokane and the Lower Ormond area. We have been waiting for this for 30 years. The people in Borrisokane were very frustrated, but this is going to transform the town into a place we can all truly be proud of," he said. 


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