Court­house to close for works

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

ARK­LOW Court­house is to close tem­po­rar­ily as long-awaited ren­o­va­tion works get un­der way shortly.

Dis­trict Court sit­tings, which are usu­ally held in the court­house at Pa­rade Ground, will be held for six months in a tem­po­rary venue at the Rock Par­nells GAA Cen­tre on the Emo­clew Road.

The move means that mem­bers of the pub­lic could face a 20-minute walk up the Wex­ford Road from the ex­ist­ing building to its tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion from Septem­ber 11.

Wick­low County Coun­cil are to un­der­take the works on be­half of the Court Ser­vices which will see the ad­di­tion of two new con­sul­ta­tion rooms, se­cure rear park­ing for the prison ser­vice, a vic­tim sup­port room and CCTV in the court­house which dates back to the 1840s.

Solic­i­tor Deirdre Burke of Burke Legal said the venue was ‘not ideal’ from a fam­ily law per­spec­tive but ‘it’s a tem­po­rary mea­sure for a longer-term im­prove­ment.’

‘I don’t an­tic­i­pate any neg­a­tive im­pact on pri­vacy. At the court­house, court­go­ers are ei­ther in­side or out­side. The ren­o­va­tions are so needed, par­tic­u­larly pri­vate ar­eas where peo­ple can con­sult with their solic­i­tors. The im­prove­ments are long-over­due.’

Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald, Cathaoir­leach of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict welcomed news that the works will com­mence shortly. ‘The up­grade has been sought for a long time. The move is only a tem­po­rary mea­sure.’

Speak­ing to the Wick­low Peo­ple, a spokesper­son for the Courts Ser­vice said the works will in­clude other ren­o­va­tions to the building to im­prove the com­fort of court­go­ers.

‘A se­ries if im­prove­ments are also be­ing made to im­prove court­go­ers com­fort. These in­clude new toi­lets, new floor­ing, re­plas­ter­ing, up­graded heat­ing and light­ing, and a new lobby and wait­ing area.

‘Costs of the works in the area of the Court­house for use by the Courts Ser­vice are ap­prox­i­mately €120,000.‘

‘These will be funded by the Courts Ser­vice, and Wick­low Courty Coun­cil, who suc­cess­fully ap­plied for fund­ing for this project from the Ur­ban Re­gen­er­a­tion De­vel­op­ment Fund as part of their wider plans for the redevelopm­ent of Ark­low Town cen­tre.’

Ark­low Court­house.

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