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The Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society have lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala against the decision to grant permission for a tensile roof structure over the milk market courtyard.

Petition opposes Limerick Milk Market plans

By Anne Sheridan

A PETITION signed by over 100 people to maintain the Milk Market as an open-air market and save it from “becoming a shopping mall” has been submitted to An Bord Pleanala.

Planning permission was granted by Limerick City Council this June for the €2m redevelopment of the Milk Market – a protected structure – which could see the market open six days a week, include a 120-seat restaurant and covered with a weatherproofed tensile.

However, the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society believe the “whole proposal is unwanted by traders..and is totally unnecessary.” The society also stated to An Bord Pleanala that they believe the proposed tensile roof is an “intrusive new structure” and would change the character of the market.

But Market Trustees chairman David O’Mahony previously told the Leader that their proposal aims to rejuvenate the market.

“The whole idea is to present a space that will be attractive to a multiple of micro-businesses with other changeable attractions around them. Local small business start-ups will have an opportunity to use this area as a showcase for their talent,” said Mr O’Mahony.

He said the new restaurant will provide the “financial foundation” for the revitalised Milk Market and fellow market trustee, Fine Gael Cllr Kevin Kiely also welcomed the development, describing the plans as “long overdue”.

I must say I think this is an unfortunate development. It is the intention of the market trustees to expand the milk market into a 6 day operation, currently it only operates of a Saturday morning and is used as a car park for the rest of the week. Any plan that will make the market more user friendly and popular should be welcomed. Now though a decision wont be made until November and with the way ABP have been operating lately, it’ll probably be even longer!

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