COMPLAINTS have been made against Shannon Development’s lack of consultation with the public regarding the transformation of King John’s Castle.
Simon Spratt, who once lived within the walls of the famous castle, says the State authority has presented the plans for the €5.7 million as a “fait accompli” and is amazed local residents and groups haven’t been consulted.
“Shannon Development came along 20 years ago and parachuted in out of nowhere and didn’t listen to a thing.
Then they disappeared for 20 years and the whole thing went to rack and ruin,” said Mr Spratt, referring to Shannon Development’s revamp of the castle more than two decades ago.
However, under the Part 8 process the public can make submissions to the local authority regarding their views on the plan, which will then be presented to council for consideration before a decision is made.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne, said the castle needs to be “renovated and modernised”, and urged the public to submit their views before the upcoming deadline this month.
The redevelopment of the 13th castle will create some 17 jobs when the refit is complete.
Under the redevelopment, visitors to the complex will be able to ‘virtually’ sit on the River Shannon, and enjoy its history as Ireland’s longest waterway.
Another part of the exhibition will focus on the streets of the city from the 19th to the 20th century, and the new Castle Lane complex will be connected with the courtyard of King John’s Castle. The much derided entrance will also undergo a revamp.