Disgruntled traders in Templemore are seeking the support of Thurles and Nenagh Chambers of Commerce as they bid to tackle North Tipperary County Council and the local Town Council's over the levels of rates being charges and the amount of money being provided for local representation across the board.
The Templemore Trader and Business Association is behind the move and following a meeting of their organisation this week where huge anger was expressed by members, they have decided to take the fight to the councillors, whom they feel are not representing their views and do not have their best interests at heart.
At a meeting held last week, the Templemore Traders and Business Association members were briefed on the outcome of both a deputation and a rates submission to the Town Councillors. They were told that their deputation "hit a blank wall" and the only feedback they received was that the overall parking situation in the town would have to be looked at in the context of the town budget.
The members were then given details of the budget submission but before this submission was read, some of the members informed the meeting that they received phone calls and visits from some councillors expressing their disgust with one councillor describing it as and insult.
One of the Associations members described how a councillor "danced a gig" in his premises over the submission which described how some members had reached their wits end and could not afford to pay rates despite having made serious efforts to reduce costs over the last 12-18 months.
Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.