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New €2 Million Area Office for Scariff
Clare Champion, Friday, 8th September 2006
Clare County Council expects that its new modern area office in Scariff costing over €2 million should be completed by next spring. Senior Executive Engineer, Sean Lenihan, told The Clare Champion that the state-of-the-art building was due to be finished next February or March. Mr. Lenihan said that it would provide proper modern facilities for staff and members of the public who wanted to carry out local authority business.
The project, which has secured €1 million in funding from the Department of the Environment, includes the provision of a new office for the Scariff Electoral Area and a 7,000 square foot public library. The library will be built on one side of the development while offices, a meeting room, canteen and toilets will be provided on the left hand side.
County Council engineers and administrative staff are currently using three prefabs and Tulla Courthouse when the court isn't in session. Tulla Courthouse will revert back fully to being used for court and community meetings and other activities, once the new Scariff area office becomes operational.
Meanwhile, it is now expected that the new South-East Clare area offices at Knockballynameath, Athlunkard will open to the public on Monday, September 18. Last Monday was earmarked as the provisional date for the opening but holidays and staff commitments combined to result in a delay.
Mr. Lenihan confirmed that the new district office would provide a full range of services normally supplied from an area office. These include payment facilities for motor tax, planning contributions, water connection fees, road opening licences and public access to view planning files online. It will also provide a meeting room, which will be able to host future meetings of the Killaloe Electoral Area.
The Council anticipates that two full time members of staff will be based in this office to deal with public requests. Welcoming the provision of the new offices in the Athlunkard area, Councillor Pascal Fitzgerald noted the new premises had generated a lot of interest form local householders. "People are impressed that Clare County Council is showing an interest in South-East Clare by establishing these area offices. "The new recycling banks have been provided in the Westbury Neighbourhood Centre, which are badly needed facilities for members of the public".