Plan to open new office questioned by Reck

A local authority plan to provide an assistant harbour master's office in the Ballast Office at Crescent Quay once it is refurbished has been questioned by a councillor.

Cllr Padge Reck said Wexford County Council surely has enough offices without spending money on another one.

'If we're going to spend money on the Ballast Office we should get money from it,' he told a Borough Council meeting.

'We already have far more space than we need,' he said.

Cllr Reck said he is aware the Ballast building needs refurbishing but after the work is done, it should accommodate something that provides profit rather than costing money to maintain.

He was responding to a report by Director of Services Eddie Taaffe on the €68,500 due to be spent on renovating the ground floor of the building.

The Department of Transport and the Marine has allocated €50,000 towards the project which falls far short of the estimated €500,000 the council had looked for. The local authority is providing the balance of €18,500 from its own resources.

The money will be used to carry out essential maintenance work on the ground floor.

The plan is that it will accommodate an assistant marine officer who will manage the harbour on behalf of the local authority.

'He will be based there and the harbour will be administered from the office as it was before,' said Mr. Taaffe.

The Mayor, Cllr George Lawlor said it would not be acceptable to 'let a building like that deteriorate beyond repair'. He added that the long-term plan is to have a maritime museum in the Ballast Office.

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