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Representatives from Delvin Tidy Towns met with Pat Tighe of Westmeath County Council’s Environment Section and Councillor Dan McCarthy on Tuesday 10th May, to discuss the way forward in dealing with derelict properties on the main street.
Acting Tidy Towns chair person, Eamonn Clancy, pointed out that the condition of Delvin’s former post office had been raised with the council a year ago, yet there was still no sign of any progress being made. Mr Tighe responded that his department had tried to trace the owner but had to date been unsuccessful. On this basis, local assistance in finding contact details for the owner would be required before they could take further action.
Also included in the short tour of Delvin’s forgotten buildings were the derelict houses at the northern end of the main street. The council will approach the owners of these properties for assistance in tidying them up. In addition, the condition of the roof of one of the properties will also be addressed as a point of urgency.
Delvin Tidy Towns would like to thank Pat and Dan for meeting with them and for their positive input in to Delvin’s competition bid.
Elsewhere it was noted that work is already under way to clean up the abandoned house next to the Caman Inn, and that Declan Leonard of Westmeath County Council has given the go ahead for a major clean up at St Mary’s Church.