Plans to be lodged for new Ark­low Pri­mary Care Cen­tre

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

A PLAN­NING ap­pli­ca­tion for the long-awaited new Ark­low Pri­mary Care Cen­tre is ex­pected to be lodged as early as next week.

Over two years since the project was con­firmed as go­ing ahead, lo­cal coun­cil­lors say that they are con­fi­dent that this time, mat­ters are mov­ing well.

Ac­cord­ing to Cllr Sylvester Bourke, the de­vel­oper is ex­pected to meet with lo­cal elected mem­bers and Wick­low County Coun­cil of­fi­cials to­day, Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss fi­nal de­tails ahead of the ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing filed.

‘This ap­pli­ca­tion is im­mi­nent and once the de­vel­op­ers meet with us to dis­cuss a few fi­nal de­tails, I ex­pect it to be lodged within a mat­ter of weeks,’ he said.

The project, which is to be de­vel­oped at the for­mer P. Boland site, which links Main Street and Castlepark, is to see a new state of the art Pri­mary Care Cen­tre re­place the cur­rent cen­tre in Castlepark.

Last De­cem­ber, the pub­lic was as­sured that de­spite the de­lays, the de­vel­oper and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives were com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing the cen­tre.

At that time, Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald out­lined that the de­lay was as a re­sult of on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions about what ser­vices would be in­stalled.

He an­tic­i­pated that the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion would have been submitted dur­ing the first six months of this year, but cur­rently it is still be­ing pre­pared.

‘This has been a long-promised project and is much an­tic­i­pated for Ark­low and sur­round­ing ar­eas. I am op­ti­mistic that the ap­pli­ca­tion will be lodged in the com­ing weeks,’ he said.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris wel­comed the progress and said that the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion could be lodged as early as next week.

‘There have been sev­eral mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the scope of ser­vices and the de­sign which de­layed sub­mis­sion of a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion. How­ever, these re­vi­sions are now com­plete and it is now ex­pected that the de­vel­oper will lodge a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion next week (mid Oc­to­ber). The de­vel­oper ex­pects con­struc­tion works to com­mence early to mid 2019 with com­ple­tion ex­pected mid to late 2020,’ he said.

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