Templemore Town Council is to consider at its budget meeting in January a call from the town traders to introduce free parking in the town on Saturday's.
At its December meeting the Council received a deputation from Templemore Traders and Business Association highlighting the drop in business during the current economic recession and requesting a complete removal of parking charges on Saturday's in order to "encourage more people to shop in the town."
Representatives of the Traders and Business Association Paul Walsh, Martin Grey and Liam O'Connell gave a comprehensive presentation to the Council on the current state of business in the town. They pointed out that in the current economic recession the town is experiencing a substantial downturn in business and the majority of shoppers are purchasing mere necessities. They pointed out that 235,000 euro is lost to the town each weekend as many people are travelling to other towns to shop where they can avail of free-parking in larger shopping malls and carparks. The deputation expressed the view that in difficult financial times the Council would make a big gesture towards business people and shoppers alike if they removed the parking charges on Saturdays.
Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.