NEWLY installed Christmas lights on the Main Street of Cashel were erected without the permission of local householders, and in some instances caused damage to property, heard Councillors at this month’s meeting of Cashel Town Council.
Councillors clashed after Cllr PJ Quinlan congratulated the town’s Chamber of Commerce for securing the funding for the lights. “They should brighten up the town,” said Cllr Quinlan. “I hope it will work out.”
Cllr Joe Moloney said he had received three complaints regarding the lights. “Imagine drilling holes at 3 o’clock in the morning. They put them up without even asking anybody. I know two people who want them taken down back off the wall. That’s some Chamber of Commerce. They (local people) think it’s the Town Council who is responsible for it. It’s the Chamber of Commerce who put them up.”
Cllr Maribel Wood, who lives on the Main Street, said she and her husband were watching TV when they heard a noise outside. “There was this man trying to drill into this very old building.” Cllr Wood’s house is about 300 years old, and many of the buildings on the Main Street are considered protected structures. Some of her local constituents came to her the next day looking to have the lights taken down.
“The Council has nothing to do with it,” said Cllr Wood. “They drilled eight holes without permission. I had to explain to them it was the Chamber of Commerce who subcontracted it.” “All they had to do was to ask people did they want the lights up,” added Cllr Moloney. “They should have had the decency to ask. People might not want those bars on their houses.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.