Criticism of Council by members on management of Fels Point site

Members of Tralee Town Council have criticised the management for granting a series of extensions to the developer of The Fels Point site on the outskirts of town. In 1996 the Council entered into a joint venture with Dunloe to undertake series of building projects on The Fels Point site. A series of extensions of time have been granted to the company and they now have until 2007 to complete the work.The original plans for the site included a hotel, apart hotel, leisure arena, restaurant and factory shop retail units. However the apartments are the only part of the original permission which has been constructed and in recent years two office blocks have gone up. Despite this three extensions in time have been granted to dunloe, the latest one gives them until 2007. But Town Mayor Johnny Wall is calling for the site to be handed back to the Council. At the moment planning applications are being considered for a new Garda station and a cinema. Planning has also been granted for a hotel and the Council is in talks with dunloe about the provision of a leisure box.