Retail Strategy ‘Confusing’ - Wood

Retail Strategy Plan is confusing, says Cllr Maribel Wood. A plan entitled, Growing Retail Activity in South Tipperary, 2012/2014, prepared by the Forward Planning Section of the County Council in association with Retail Experts, John Spain Associates and presented at the October meeting of the Town Council has been described by Cashel Councillor, Maribel Wood, as ‘detailed, well intentioned but confusing when one looks at Cashel’s experience on the ground’.

Retail Strategy Plan is confusing, says Cllr Maribel Wood. A plan entitled, Growing Retail Activity in South Tipperary, 2012/2014, prepared by the Forward Planning Section of the County Council in association with Retail Experts, John Spain Associates and presented at the October meeting of the Town Council has been described by Cashel Councillor, Maribel Wood, as ‘detailed, well intentioned but confusing when one looks at Cashel’s experience on the ground’.

She says, “Its a strange coincidence that while we were discussing the protection of small and medium sized enterprises and the retention of local jobs, our October agenda included a decision to grant permission for the provision of a discount superstore on a listed protected site at Indaville, Boherclough. I have seen some wonderful publications prepared at great expense by our local authorities and planners on the importance of recognising and protecting Cashel’s built heritage but then I get very confused when those same organisations make important decisions that fly in the face of their own policies.

We can all see the scars of bad planning in areas of our town but if we recognise why tourists come here, ie. to experience that heritage, walk the town and meet the people, then we must get our priorities right and protect it”.

Matt Talbot Triduum