Plans for €800,000 Perry's Site in line with policy 'but failed on competitive process'

It has been revealed

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett


Carlow Carlow Carlow

Perry's Cash and Carry on Kennedy Street, Carlow

Plans for the Perry's Site in Carlow Town were in line with Government policy "but failed on basis of the competitive process", it has been revealed. 

A councillor recently hit out at Carlow County Council's approach to the Perry's Site after a failed funding application to create a "Town Centre Enterprise Hub" at the premises. 

The local authority submitted an application to the Regional Enterprise Development Fund in an effort to make use of the building.

Chief executive of the Local Enterprise Office, Kieran Comerford, said the application for REDF funding was not successful and there was going to be a feedback meeting with Enterprise Ireland to review the application. 

That review meeting in respect of the REDF project for the Perry's Site in Carlow Town was conducted recently with the chief executive of Carlow County Council, Director of Services and Enterprise Ireland about the proposal submitted for funding.

It was acknowledged that "the funding proposal was in line with Government policy but failed on the basis of the competitive process", a report to Carlow Town Municipal District members has shown. 

It added: "Further development of the project is recommended in order to allow for submission of the project and the management team will consider the same in the coming weeks.

"It is acknowledged that elected members have not reviewed the plan for the site and briefing and review of the proposed plan can be arranged with the Economic Development Officer."