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Claremorris hotel has big plans


EXPANDING The McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris.

Michael Commins

MAYO County Council intends to consider deciding to grant permission for a development that would see the provision of 160 extra car parking spaces at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris.
The development would comprise of an extension to the existing car parking area, vehicular and pedestrian access, footpaths, security barrier, landscaping and boundary fence and alterations to the current car park.
While the development would contravene materially the ‘Industrial’ land use zoning of the Claremorris Area Plan, as contained in the Mayo County Development Plan 2014-2020, it is understood there is widespread support for the new proposal.
Local Independent councillor, Richard Finn, who is also Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, says it is his view that they facilitate the hotel in the expansion of the car park.
“The McWilliam is one of the biggest employers in Claremorris and attracts so many people to the area. There has been a lot of concern over the ongoing situation for some years regarding parking along both sides of the main road as well as around Ashford Court beside the hotel.
“The land behind the hotel belonged to the well known McNabb family. Mayo County Council has no problem in selling 1.2 acres of this land to the McWilliam Hotel to address these matters in the interest of the public good. The residents have been looking to get cars off the street for ages and something had to be done.”
The Material Contravention of the Claremorris Area Plan will come before the Claremorris Municipal Area meeting in February where it is expected to get unanimous support will then go before the full meeting of Mayo County Council in Castlebar.
Cllr Finn says the development of the 160 space car park will be another addition to the town and a massive benefit to the region.
“This news will be especially welcomed by residents of Ashford Court beside the hotel who should see an end to parking outside their homes. At this stage, it looks like green lights on all fronts with regards to this new development.”
The Mayo News reliably understands that an announcement in relation to new owners of the McWilliam Park Hotel is imminent. We also understand that a consortium from the east of Ireland are the leading contenders at this stage.

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