'We should use empty buildings'

WEXFORD County Council should look at providing homes for State agencies in some of Wexford town's many empty buildings, according to one member.

Independent councillor Padge Reck noted that there are many agencies looking for accommodation at the moment, including the Gardaí in Wexford town – who are to gain a purpose-built station on a green field site in Roxborough.

However, Cllr Reck said that any major projects like this are highly unlikely to proceed in the current economic environment.

He said the HSE in Wexford will also be looking from more accommodation than is currently provided at their Grogan's Road base, while he said the Mental Health Association would be also be seeking a premises.

'We should be looking at existing resources. I've looked at substantial premises that have been built in great locations and are empty,' said Cllr Reck.

County Manager Eddie Breen said he would be in favour of the plan in principle and noted that the council itself will be vacating a number of buildings when it moves to the new County Hall in Carricklawn and would be happy to talk to any agencies seeking a new base in Wexford.

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