Waterford Metropolitan Councillors have voted to restore a derelict hotel in the centre of Tramore.
The privately owned Grand Hotel may now become the target of a compulsory purchase order.
A motion was brought to the meeting in the names of Cllrs Joe Conway & Blaise Hannigan
“That this Council resolves to draw on all its powers – whether they are in compulsory purchase, the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Act, 1964, and any other effective legislation – to remediate the dereliction that is the former Grand Hotel, Tramore, in order to address the very reasonable social, community, economic and tourist concerns of the town”
Councillor Conway said:
“This once proud town-nucleus known far and wide for its hospitality is now a derelict, stinking, rat-infested hulk. It is a millstone around the neck of a community that is working to improve its viability, its national standing and its economy, in conjunction with much fine work by this Council and its resourceful staff”.
Local councillor Blaise Hannigan said it was an ‘eyesore’ and pressure should be brought to bear on the owners in Cork.
Lola O’Sullivan said the hotel in its current state is holding back Tramore:
“Four years ago when the hotel was bought we were all delighted…we assumed something would happen and happen fast. There is a huge need for bednights in Tramore. I think whatever needs to be done to get the owners to either sell it on or improve it or (we) CPO it.”
Director of Services Fergus Galvin told councillors he agreed with them.
“It is a priority for the council, there was a recent meeting between the Chief Executive and the owner of the hotel in which he was left with no uncertain impression of our views on it and that we would be taking action under some of the remedies we have to try and get an early result to either restore the dereliction or to sell it on to someone else”.
(file picture from sale of hotel in 2014)