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Well, you must ask the question…….what does Wexford town currently lack and what would be a suitable development to take place on the site.
A public park incorporatiing youth recreational and sporting facilities would benefit the town.
Like Redmond Park?
There are no pluses for this enormous Wexford Harbour Trinity Wharf development and you have just pointed out yet another minus.
If the proposed 7 screen cinema gets the go ahead in Drinagh then the last thing Wexford needs is yet another new cinema in the proposed Trinity Wharf development. It would not be sustainable.
There has been a huge world wide slump in cinema ticket sales in the last two yearts. It would now appear, given the huge growth in DVDs and Home Cinema sales, that people now prefer to watch movies at home.
I only heard there was one planned for the development, but seeing as theres an even bigger one being built, I dont think that it will go ahead.
Out of interest, what do you think should go on the development? A football pitch?
I didnt really want to creat a new thread for this, but i thought some people might be interested.
Seven-screen cinema plan for Drinagh
A Wexford developer has applied to the County Council for planning permission to build a new 7-screen cinema on the Rosslare Road at Drinagh.
The cinema, costing six and a half million Euro, will have seating capacity for 1,346 people plus a large entrance foyer and shop with free car parking on site.
The project is being developed by Tom Donnelly of Omniplex Holdings Ltd. and will replace the existing 3-screen cinema at Redmond Road which is run by Ward Anderson
Now this sounds fantastic! The current cinema is a state!
Now, I heard that Trinity Wharf was to have a cinema too, which is a good thing because where this new cinema is going, its abit out from town and apparently the exsisting cinema is going to close. So you cant just walk into town anymore and go and catch a flick. So if i heard right and TW does include a cinema, it would just be another plus for the development.
Hi, first post of another Wexford resident. Very interesting discussion about this project.
I believe access to the site will be over the railway via the old cash and carry building site, which in turn is to be transormed into an apartment building. This is to avoid the inevitable lengthy negotiations with IE about crossing the railway, as happened with the Paul Quay car park opposite the Talbot Hotel.
In that case the car park was empty for some years while IE demanded a multi-million Euro insurance cover in case of accidents. In the event, the deal is that the car park can only be all-day parking, must close by 6pm and there has to be constant supervision at the gates, even though only about four trains pass by during its opening hours.
As regards the development itself, I feel it is too big and will mean a loss of the view down to Rosslare Strand from the quayfront. Otherwise, I’m all in favour of developing what has been described as wasteland.
I didnt even think you could see the Strand from the Quay, I knew you could sort of make out Rosslare Europort/Harbour. Its not as impressive looking as the Curracloe view from the quay tho.
This bit raises an interesting aspect I hadn’t considered- what buildings are currently on the site?
The mention of ‘historic industial’ reminds me of another Wexford case- a 4-storey grain store on Paul Quay. DAHGI (as was) objected to its demolition in 1999/2000, even though it wasn’t a Protected Structure. ABP said its demolition didn’t constitute development. Technically correct, but only because the LA was too inept to know the value of its heritage until it was too late. And so it goes…
Why do I get the feeling that this new scheme’s fate was decided long before any plans were submitted?
What currently is there right now is a demolished building (burned down) formally known as Wexford Electronics, locally known as Smiths. This building is situated by the river, infront of this building is the old Cash and Carry, big red and orange building, looks like a warehouse.
But would someone really go to Wexford on holidays in order to experience the full Irish retail experience onder one handy roof?
As someone who has been a tourist in Wexford town a few times I can say that it’s the historic aspects that attracted me – including the narrow streets, local shops etc. – rather than some identikit shopping centre. And if this building has the impact that is feared, then the tourist experience will have been compromised.
This isn’t to say that many locals wouldn’t want this scheme, but to sell it on the basis that it will attract tourists seems a bit disingenuous.
At a guess, the planners rezoned because developments like this bring in much needed commercial revenue. (It’s possible, of course, that the rezoning was done by councillors against the advice of the planners as often happens. I’m not familiar with the details.)
LIVING and HOLIDAYING (is that even a word?) in Wexford are two very different things! I am glad that you enjoyed our historic aspects, but they arent been touched by this development. Wexford has had a great boost to its economy, with the new Shaws department store and Key West as well as many other shops opening up. Where this is proposed to go, is where two very large factorys were, Smiths and the Cash and Carry. And i for one will think it will look great at the end of our Quay Front, such an improvement. Although many will disagree with me.
I dont see how building a shopping centre is gonna turn tourists away. The shopping centre is gonna be out of the town centre (very near where i live actually!) And why should all irish towns be all irish tourists shops and whatnot. Which I think are great, but theres only so many times you can buy a foam guinness hat. The locals need more amenities in these places. Wexford Town isnt a holiday town, unlike Courttown or Rosslare, Its the main town in the county.
Being from Wexford myself, this proposed development is much better what is there already. As for the the railway, i was thinking about this and just assummed that the complex will be seperated by the track, or a tunnel through the building?