TEMPLEMORE Town Council has agreed to give a local Traders’ group one last chance to amend the Town Square Development Plan, before the design is finally adopted.
The re-development plan for the Town Square has attracted some negative comment from some local traders, concerned that there may be a reduction in parking spaces. Other business people are fully behind the plan, heard May’s meeting of Templemore Town Council.
Cllr Valerie Young said there had been representations made to local Oireachtas members over the plan, which envisages new kerbing, parking bays, a new Town Park entranceway, and greenery for the Square. “They had heard that we’re going to lose 20 (car parking) places. Is that right or wrong?” asked Cllr Young. A petition has been launched by some traders objecting to the plans.
Cllr Mick Connell said he wanted to come off the sub-committee which deals with the Traders. There seemed to be a “divide and conquer” policy from the Traders delegation, said Cllr Connell. “The message has gone out that Mick Connell is opposed to this,” added Cllr Connell, who said he wanted the “best Square for Templemore.”
Cllr Maura Byrne said they are gaining 20 car spaces. “The Traders were talking about cars parked outside the design,” added Mayor Jim O’Shea. Cllr Marcus Wilson said he would like to remind people “here and everywhere, that it is the Traders’ own livelihoods that they have to protect. Let’s try and encourage every kind of business into the town, but there are other people in the town as well. Nobody even considers the public. The public are the customers and potential customers. And they want some place green to look at. We want a place we can look at and be proud of,” said Cllr Wilson. Cllr Joe Bourke said he believed the plans were the best thing for the town.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.