Nenagh’s Sarsfield Street traders angry over roadworks

Businesses in Sarsfield Street are up in arms over the amount of time it has taken Tipperary County Council to carry out roadworks on the thoroughfare.

Businesses in Sarsfield Street are up in arms over the amount of time it has taken Tipperary County Council to carry out roadworks on the thoroughfare.

The council is replacing the footpath on both sides of the street as well as installing new public lighting and underground ducting. The work began five weeks ago.

“It is an absolute disaster,” said Brendan Gavin of Gavins furniture shop. “Our business is being decimated. They say they will be out at the end of November but there is not a hope of that. November is our December. People will either buy then or wait until the new year for the sales.”

He said the work was “hugely impacting” on business as their customers can’t get into the shop. He further claimed the council staff were taking up what limited parking was left on the street.

“They have the two sides of the street destroyed. The footpaths are a law case waiting to happen,” said Mr Gavin.

He said he had received a letter from the council on November 30 saying they would be in contact about the work, but he was still awaiting contact this week.

Joe Mulqueen, who runs Andy Flynns Bar and Restaurant, said their lunchtime trade was “gone for the past five weeks. That is our basic bread and butter.”

He said they were in the middle of the works and were being hit by the council stopping traffic too far up the street and not allowing cars turn into John’s Lane.

“There is no work going on in that part of the street, but our customers can’t get down. The elderly people along the street who come here for lunch won’t come now because they can’t manage the footpath,” he said.

Despite the impact on business, he said the council “will still want their rates”.

Dolores Quirke of Carmels beauty salon also said the one-way system and road closure was impacting on business.

“This is a bad time of the year for us coming up to Christmas. Nenagh is quiet enough,” she said.

Ms Quirke said they have had to take precautionary measures to protect their marble floors because people were bringing sand and gravel in on their shoes.

She also said the road closure was not being handled properly.

“They are standing in the wrong place. The detour notice is not been given in good time. These works should be done at night,” said Ms Quirke.

A council spokesperson pointed out that it was a major programme of works and that the council always stated that the works would finish before Christmas. It was trying to minimise the impact on businesses. They expected that one side would be finished by the end of this month.