Green shoots continue to show slowly

The progression of Moate’s Clara Road once again leads the development stakes in Westmeath with the news that a Mr Barry Smith has submitted an application to build 14 townhouses and five apartments in three blocks at the above address.

Progress in communication for many others in the north of the county should follow the news that Hutchison 3G has applied to build a number of 30m and 40m antenna towers in townlands in Coole, Delvin, Raharney and Ballinafid to aid the delivery of the long overdue broadband services promised in the boom.

An Athlone landmark, The Tack Room hotel and nightclub on the Dublin Road beside the AIT could be consigned to history if parent company PTL has its way.

It plans to knock the existing 1,300 sq m premises and an adjacent derelict house and build a 770 sq m, two-storey over basement bar and nightclub and beside that, a four-storey, 111-bed student accommodation complex, with 36 car-parking spaces.

In the Clonmore industrial estate in Mullingar, Flood Construction from Oldcastle, Co Meath is seeking permission to build two light industrial units.

In Castlepollard, Green Energy Recycling is hoping to convert two industrial units in the Kinturk business park into a waste recycling facility, with offices and public access.

Three of the county’s entrepreneurs have submitted plans to convert commercial units into diners.

Bernard Flynn wants to convert a shop on St Loman’s Terrace near the Fair Green in Mullingar into a takeaway, while in the south of the county, Midland Properties wishes to convert Unit 13 of the McCormack Centre in Castlemaine Street, Athlone from an office into a restaurant and Pharaway Properties would like to change unit 12 in Golden Island from a shop into a cafe.

Around the corner, REEA Developments has submitted plans to the county council to redevelop unit 24 of the Athlone Shopping Centre into three floors of offices.

In Mullingar, Lough Sheever Developments are looking to convert some offices at their business park in Robinstown into a commuity training facility.

And, in what is some comforting news for the multitude of commuters, students and travellers who’ve braved all weathers to catch the bus on Austin Friar Street, Bus Eireann have applied to build a 5m x 2m x 2.5m bus shelter at its stop there.

In fact, the only disappointment of note in the county this week landed on the forecourt of Spollens filling station in Glasson after the family business was turned down in its application to demolish an adjacent house and make space for 22 cars.

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