University of Limerick ‘should expand onto Dublin Road’

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A shopping centre is proposed for this site in Castletroy
THE University of Limerick should move onto the derelict Horizon Mall site, a local councillor has said.

THE University of Limerick should move onto the derelict Horizon Mall site, a local councillor has said.

Cllr Daniel Butler had a motion down at the recent full council meeting calling on the local authority to meet with the man behind the Dublin Road development, Suneil Sharma, to discuss the plans.

The aim, Cllr Butler’s motion states, was to “re-establish a positive working relationship to advance the development of the site and the removal of the local eyesore”.

However, amid a judicial review initiated by Clancourt Developments, the owners of the Crescent Shopping Centre, council bosses decided to withdraw the motion from the meeting, with the Dooradoyle member’s agreement.

“What I was trying to do was try and re-establish the channels of communication, so we could get him in and have a chat with him to see if we could find any way forward,” the councillor explained.

He said the derelict site is “the biggest blight on the landscape of Limerick, and something needs to be done with it.”

“It is great to see development in the city, but we need to have this site looking well and being developed,” he said, adding he feels people visiting Limerick can be put off from coming into the centre by seeing the empty site.

Cllr Butler does not think the site will be developed as a shopping centre, “so we need to look at what else we can do with it”.

Asked what his preference would be, he said: “I would like to see UL consider it as a development site.”

It is likely the motion will be debated at the November meeting.