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Horizon Mall site on Limerick’s outskirts ‘must now be cleared’

The Horizon Mall/Parkway Valley site on the Dublin Road has been described as an 'eyesore' at the city's entrance

The Horizon Mall/Parkway Valley site on the Dublin Road has been described as an 'eyesore' at the city's entrance

  • by Nick Rabbitts
 

CASTLETROY-based councillor Paul Keller has repeated his call for the Parkway Valley site to be cleared and “used for social good”.

It comes after new proposals for the €100m development planned for the Dublin Road lands were quashed by planners.

The site has stood still for the last six years, amid the onset of the recession.

Initially, there were plans for a mega-plaza involving an ice-rink and 47,000 square metres of retail space.

Developer Suneil Sharma purchased the site, and earlier this summer sought permission for a much-reduced scale shopping centre, with Marks & Spencer at its heart.

However, following the initial rejection, AAA councillor Keller, who lives in the neighbouring Castletroy View estate, wants the concrete and metal hoardings removed, and a public amenity put in its place.

“The site cannot be simply left idle again, as a major eyesore and public nuisance. As the AAA have said all along, it should be brought into public ownership, levelled and developd instead for the good of the whole community,” Cllr Keller said.

He added the community should play a central role in how to develop the site.

“For instance, there is a need for a park, pitches and a playground in the area, not to mention a lack of social and affordable houses across the city,” he said.

Cllr Keller also suggested that a park and ride facility could be put in place to attract more shoppers to the city centre.

This idea was also backed by Chamber chief executive Maria Kelly, who also said the current Dublin Road site is an “eyesore”.

Developer Mr Sharma is expected to outline his response to the refusal by early next week.

 

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