It’s hoped that the tide of dereliction which has afflicted Tramore is on the turn, with work due to begin shortly on refurbishing the Old Railway Station.
The architectural building is owned by Waterford Council and dates back to the 1850’s.
Tramore Independent Councillor Joe Conway says €100,000 has been budgeted to fund the work.
“A lot will go into repairing the awful dereliction that has been allowed to arise there (in Tramore)” he says. “It’s not in our credit as a council that we allow buildings to fall into dereliction because the railway station is an architectural gem. To have it in that state is unconscionable.”
Joe says the old railway station is just one of a “litany” of buildings needing attention in the town.
“We have buildings up the Main Street, Market Street, the Grand Hotel, down in the Monvoy Valley – you have a monstrosity down there. In a former life we must have been very naughty, because we’re afflicted with awful dereliction!”