Chamber Seeks Opinions On Pay For Parking

The issue of “Pay For Parking” was back on the agenda at Monday evening’s monthly Chamber meeting.

The issue of “Pay For Parking” was back on the agenda at Monday evening’s monthly Chamber meeting.

North Tipperary County Council has asked the Chamber in line with the Town Enhancement Plan to take a lead in advising the Council on what changes if any the Chamber would like to see introduced to the current scheme. One obvious improvement would be giving consumers more of an incentive to park in off street car-parks. However the main dilemma for the Chamber is whether or not the Chamber should lobby for 30 minutes or one hour free parking. The Council has informed the Chamber that the first hour is where the Council generates most of its revenue from “pay for parking”. If Roscrea was to have for example free parking for the first hour it would come at a cost as obviously revenue would be down which would impact of the Councils ability to fundraise various services and possible future development projects. In addition the Council have also pointed out that the current traffic warden is more than accommodating in giving people a discretionary amount of time if they are parking in town to complete a quick errand. This is usually in the region of 15 to 20 minutes which the Chamber believes is very fair. The Chamber will be meeting Council officials again next week. It is important that the Chamber is able to reflect the majority view of the retailers in Roscrea. In this regard the Chamber would be grateful if retailers could contact them to let their views be known to either the Chamber President Seamus Browne or the Chamber Secretary Brian King as soon as possible.

Painting Scheme Extended

Roscrea Chamber of Commerce has welcomed news that the “Painting Scheme” for mainstreet, has been extended for two weeks. It is vital that as many retailers as possible avail of the scheme. To date the response has been most encouraging. Retailers that have not benefited from the generous grant available are urged to contact the Council as soon as possible.

Passing of Brendan Carmody

A vote of sympathy was passed on the passing of Brendan Carmody last week. Brendan contributed enormously to his adopted home of Roscrea. Chamber delegates spoke of Brendan’s great work with Tidy Towns and his tremendous interest in the history of the town. Deepest sympathy is extended to his family.