Concerns were expressed at a meeting of the Templemore Electroal Area Committee over the proposed closures to Roscrea and Templemore Area Offices as part of the reunification of the North and South Tipperary County Councils.
The unification process in currently in the pipeline with the local elections of 2014 set to bring South and north Tipperary together in a bid to rationalise the local authorities. Town Council will be abolished in the move.
Fianna Fail Cllr. Michael Smith objected to the document titled “New Approach to Delivery” and he was supported by Cllr. Eddie Moran in his comments.
In a statement Cllr. Smith told The Tipperary Star “The Governments Program for Local Government reform, the so called putting the people first agenda, imposes another set back for smaller communities in Tipperary. Places like Roscrea, Templemore, Borrisokane and Newport have already witnessed the closure of Courthouses, banks and the abandonment of decentralisation plans, and now face the impending closure of the local County Council Offices. We already have one of the most decentralised systems of Government in Europe and surely these proposals make a bad situation worse.
“We give idle expression to democratic deficits and speak about giving more power to the people and at the same time take more away from the very same people. The dogs on the street knows that we have to make savings but why, might I ask, have the smaller communities in the outlining districts have to pay the price at all time. This proposal has to be rejected to ensure the protection of these areas”.
In seconding Cllr. Smiths proposal Lowry team member Cllr. Eddie Moran emphasised the need for local presence in these offices
“The combined effort of Local Town Council and officials has ensured that the people of Templemore have received a fantastic service down through the years. The public concerns on issues such as parking, commercial rates, housing are just some of the items which the Local Office were able to deal with. Closure of these offices is a backward step and is not meaningful reform. This uncertainty needs to be cleared up and that’s why I am seconding the proposal to reject this document” he said.