‘Use it or lose it’ – Council challenged over vacant Waterford city pub plagued by anti-social behaviour
Waterford council has been challenged to “use it or lose it” as pressure grows over anti-social behaviour at a vacant pub site.
The city and county council bought the site of Flynn’s pub, on Fountain Street in Ferrybank, to develop it for housing. It has recently attracted anti-social behaviour and the building has been damaged.
“If the site is to be developed within the next six months, fair enough,” said Fianna Fáil councillor, Eamon Quinlan.
“But if it’s going to creep out on the long finger, then the council will have to pay for a private security company to provide an onsite presence.”
He said the new Minister for Housing had told local authorities to buy, develop and send the bill to the department.
“This shouldn’t be a headache but rather an opportunity to make progress,” he said.
The Director or Services for Housing, Ivan Grimes, told Cllr Quinlan that it was the council’s intention to move forward with the development of the premises “in the coming months”.