A delegation from Thurles Traders Unite met Thurles Town Council this Monday night to outline their concerns over the centre of the town.
Among the issues raised was a request for one-hour free parking on the streets, or, at the minimum, 30 minutes.
Delegation leader Joan Pollard Carew pointed out that nearby Cashel has a 20-minute free parking rule.
She also urged that the council reissue parking discs at a 50 / 50 split between the traders and the council, which would allow traders give the discs to shoppers in lieu of refunds.
The delegation also urged that a trial period using flashing amber only lights be installed at pedestrian crossings, or that the red light system should be abolished.
And with Christmas looming, they asked that no roadworks be carried out in the town centre in December.
With regard to comercial rates, they pointed out that, while rates have not increased since 2005, business had dropped by 50 per cent.
“We need a serious reduction in our rates if parking issues cannot be addressed,” the traders said in their submission.
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