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The Clancy family

The Clancy family

The Clancy family

A couple who risk losing their home and business to make way for a roadway which could be re-routed through derelict protected structures have hit out at the local council for failing to liaise with them.

Sheena and John Clancy discovered their new home and adjacent flower shop were at risk of demolition late last year after Clare county council revealed the preferred route for a new Inner Relief Road and bridge for Ennistymon would go through the premises.

After the community hit out at the plans, the council agreed not to make any concrete decision until it has liaised with those affected. However, four weeks later, the Clancys have heard nothing.

"At the last meeting the council said it would consult with the community and with those affected but we haven't heard a thing.

"We were told they were carrying out new surveys and they were to be ready by now. But we have been completely left in the dark," said Ms Clancy.

The couple have vowed to fight the case in the courts if necessary.

"If this is the route they want to proceed with, we will fight them. We worked hard for this, now everything has fallen into place after so long. If it goes down to the wire and we have to fight the compulsory purchase order that is what we will do. We would prefer not to have to do that but we will," she added.

The home of an elderly couple along with the social welfare office and the apartment above it were also set to be demolished in the plans. However, it is understood the council are now considering working around the home of the elderly couple, who are also disabled.

An alternative route through Blake's corner was not progressed because two derelict buildings that would be demolished are protected structures. While the council feel it would not get permission from An Bord Pleanala to knock the structures, Ms Clancy wants them to try.

"A lot of people don't realise that the Blakes corner buildings are actually already owned by the council and are not privately owned. They don't have to force us out of our homes," she added.

The Clancys and their son Jamie only bought the home last year and had just finished refurbishing the house when they got the news that it might be demolished.

Irish Independent