Costs rule out council purchase of Trudder House
Wicklow County Council won't be purchasing Trudder House as a community facility because of the costs involved.
However, local Newtownmountkennedy campaigner John Larkin still remains hopeful that the premises can be put to some form of community use.
Trudder House has been sitting vacant for the past five years since Newcastle Hospital last occupied it.
Mr Larkin contacted the Estates Section of the HSE about the availability of Trudder House and the possible transfer of the property to Wicklow County Council. He also copied the HSE correspondence to members of Wicklow Municipal District and Greystones Municipal District.
Having visited the site, Wicklow County Council ruled out the transfer of Trudder House to the local authority because a substantial amount of investment would be required to make the building fit-for-purpose. Therefore it isn't considered a value for money proposition.
'It's too costly for Wicklow County Council so I will be going back to the HSE to discuss providing respite care, a day care centre or state run nursing home from Trudder House,' said Mr Larkin.
'There is a huge population in the area, which is growing all the time, with new housing developments taking place or due to take place. The demand is certainly here and I am hopeful that Trudder House can till be used as some sort of facility which would benefit the community.'