By Dan Walsh
Plans for the demolition of the derelict Bayview Hotel on Courtown’s sea front will be delayed until later in the year after Cllr Andrew Bolger sought an update on the ‘dangerous structure notice’ posted to the owner due to expire on August 31st.
Bayview Hotel was a landmark building to generations of visitors that evolved over the decades when it was owned by the McGarry family who set up in the business in 1926.
At the monthly meeting of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, chaired by Cllr Joe Sullivan, Cllr Pip Breen felt than an extension was needed as the holiday resort is very busy at the moment and it was not a good time to allow large trucks and diggers onto the site as it would be a health and safety issue.
Cllr Diarmuid Devereux agreed that Courtown was thronged these days and there is no way the work could commence in the month of August!
Cllr Sullivan said it would be “totally detached from the real world” to attempt the work now. He felt it was a ridiculous time frame and preferred to extend the date for commencement of the demolition work.
Cllr Donal Kenny alluded to health and safety issues and derelict buildings in Gorey town at Eire St and Railway Road that he described as “eyesores.” Cllr Pip Breen noted that action was needed on the burned out Macamore Inn site at Ballygarrett and Cllr Willie Kavanagh raised concerns about a derelict premise in Oylegate village.
The Council agreed to contact Senior Executive Officer Tom Banville, who deals with derelict sites and invite him to address the September meeting with an update on derelict sites in the Gorey-Kilmuckridge district.