City traders opposed to Parkway Valley development

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

TRADERS in the city are totally opposed to the development of another major shopping centre in the suburbs, it was outlined at City Hall last night.

TRADERS in the city are totally opposed to the development of another major shopping centre in the suburbs, it was outlined at City Hall last night.

Tony Connolly, of the successful menswear store on Patrick Street, which borders the stalled Opera Centre site, said business people in the city are opposed to plans to revive the multi-million euro Parkway Valley site on the Dublin Road.

Limerick County Council are due to decide before Christmas on whether to allow the developers an extension in their timeframe to complete the partially built site.

However, Fine Gael city councillor Diarmuid Scully said he believes the work done to date on the site is of “no value” as it has been exposed to the elements for many years.

“The underground car park has been a swimming pool for three years, and that has compromised its foundations,” said Cllr Scully.

“The developers are starting out at a negative stage, at zero, not at an advanced stage. Unfortunately we can’t make a decision on this and don’t have any great means to stop it here,” he said.