Mixed views expressed over Buttermarket upgrade work

MIXED reactions have arisen over refurbishment work currently being carried out at Enniskillen’s Buttermarket.
 The project, understood to take approximately 12 weeks will see a range of work take place, from paint work to upgrading toilet facilities. 
Local firm Jones Construction are working to deliver the face lift improvements at the site, which began with upgrading the toilet facilities. To deliver improvements the permanent toilet facilities have been closed off and temporary portaloo’s brought in. 
One unit holder told the Herald that resident businesses had not received any formal notice work was to begin. 
“What is really annoying is the facilities offered for toilets here which really aren’t acceptable and I’m not sure what they are doing about it.
“There’s portaloos here but there’s no hot water or towels, they’re directly facing tables outside and my staff won’t use them. It’s very poor. We should have been notified and been provided with temporary toilets fit for purpose. 
“Obviously the work has to go on but we would have just hoped for better facilities.” 
The Buttermarket units are rented from Fermanagh Enterprise. The organisation’s manager John Treacy acknowledged that the works would bring about “some short term disruption” but there is “a significant and positive agreement about the longer term benefits for everyone”. 
Mr Treacy outlined the works taking place, “Upgraded toilets, improved lighting, paintwork, signage and refurbishment of craft units are all part of the exciting new look of the Buttermarket. 
“This will enhance not only the fabric of the Buttermarket itself but make an important contribution to the overall aesthetics and feel good factor for the surrounding area and neighbouring businesses.” 
The Enniskillen Revitalisation Scheme in the area is jointly funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Department for Communities and local traders.
The council was contacted by the Herald and asked if there were any plans to provide any upgraded temporary toilet facilities at the site while work goes on.
 In a response a spokesman for the council said, “While the shop front improvement scheme has been completed, there are elements of the scheme that remain to be completed at the Buttermarket. 
“An important part of this work includes the upgrade and modernisation of the toilet block to ensure accessibility for all. Temporary toilet facilities are available until this part of the work is complete.”

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