The Cashel Chamber of Commerce broadly welcomed the Council’s proposals to upgrade street lighting in Friar Street when they met to discuss the issue on Wednesday 11th of July. The Friar Street lights were just one element in a packed programme for the Cashel Business community.
Other items on the agenda included a presentation by Phil Shanahan from the South Tipperary Development Company who are funding a TUS worker at the Rock of Cashel as a meet and greet ambassador for the Town. The meeting learned that Chamber members who would like their brochures, leaflets and information personally to tourists at the Rock then the Failte Ambassador would be happy to give them out on a daily basis.
The Chamber began the process of winding up the ALZA Voucher scheme , which they had managed for the Johnson and Johnson companies and which gave shopping vouchers out to staff as rewards for achievement in the workplace. . As it is over a year since the ALZA plant closed, the account will be closed on October 1st ex-Alza employees are encouraged to shop local with their vouchers. Shops which may hold Alza vouchers are asked to send them in to John Lacy Accountants of Main street Cashel before September 30th in order to redeem them.
The Chamber had received a package of memorabilia from its twin Chamber in Palm Bay Florida, these included samples of wine, jam, T shirts, water colour pictures, a cookery book and a model of the Space Shuttle. The Chamber had already sent samples of hurleys, Rugby and Hurley jerseys and a picture of the Rock to the Palm Bay Chamber.
The main topic for the night was lights, firstly the Friar street development which the Chamber agreed in principle to support financially but would look for further clarification on the specifics and business implications of the plan.
The Christmas lights and the need to upgrade them was another issue that was discussed. Plans are in hand to run community fund-raisers and start the business Christmas lights collection early.
“We need to capitalise the project as fast as we can” said Chamber president Sean Laffey “It’s big plan that will involve an exciting annual Christmas festival, and we cannot delay when seeking funding. It is a good sized project that will require us to tender it out via the Government E tender system. Any local electricians who would like to bid for this contract should call me on 06262685 and I can discuss the parameters with them. We are looking at a deadline of September 7th for the tendering process” he said. Details of which, will be announced via this paper and will be available on www.cashel.ie