Plan to turn vacant town site into car park
The owner of a plot of unused land in the centre of Wexford town which was placed on the Council's Vacant Sites Register, is planning to build a car park at the location.
Colette Doyle, sister of the late Colman Doyle, the well-known Wexford businessman who passed away in 2015, has applied to Wexford County Council for permission to develop the disused ground at the rear of 94 and 96 South Main Street into 18 car parking spaces, with access off Bride Street.
The site was famously the location of a Viking archaeological excavation in 1988 when a Viking bone pendant and the remains of a wattle house wall and post were uncovered.
The Heritage Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and An Taisce have been notified of the planning application by the County Council.
The ground beside Mary's Lane has been lying empty for many years and in June of 2017, the Council placed it on a newly-compiled Vacant Sites Register, setting the estimated market value at €150,000.
Levies are now imposed on vacant urban sites and under-utilised land to encourage the owners to bring them into use with a rate of 3% of the property value applying in the first year and 7% for subsequent years.
Meanwhile, the Main Street three-storey business premises to the front of the Bride Street site, was placed on the market by auctioneering company BidX1 last year with a guide price of €370,000 but failed to sell at auction in November.
The prominent property which is now closed previously housed Colman Doyle's Home Interiors.
If the planning application is granted, it will enhance the attractiveness and value of the premises and provide car parking spaces close to the Main Street.