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Council expect North Quays update 'in coming weeks'

Waterford Council say they expect to be able to provide an update on the North Quays over the coming weeks.

It comes as a Waterford councillor has called for councillors to be given a 'confidential briefing' regarding progress.

Cllr. Joe Conway (Independent) made the request at this month's Plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council.

Cllr. Conway noted that it has now been seven months since the proposed development 'suffered its significant reverse in fortune' when the initial proposed backed by Falcon Real Estate fell through. 

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"In the meantime, we have been assured that there is work going on behind the scenes. I do not think as members of the Council, that we can apply due diligence to the whole project, if we are not informed in more detail about what is going on behind the scenes. I'm requesting that the councillors be given - whether it be a confidential over what exactly has been going on over the past seven months. That would be very useful and much appreciated."

Sensitivity

Waterford Council CEO Michael Walsh moved to assure those present that progress is being made on the project despite fears. He says there has been dialogue with developers, but a lot of what is being currently discussed is 'commercially sensitive'.

He says the Council expect to be able to go public with news in the coming weeks.

"Look, we are in dialogue with the developers and some of the state agencies. This is ongoing dialogue and we are working significantly in terms of the North Quays. Some of those are commercially sensitive and that is the difficulty in terms of appraising Council. I would hope that in the next weeks / month that we would be able to come public. That's in terms of some of those. I would be happy to facilitate a workshop in two or three weeks time to provide an update if we can."

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