County Council News, October 2012

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Work Continues on the Swangate Car Park

Work is continuing on the car park beside the Back Lawn (Kenny Park). When complete it will provide parking for 140 cars including 7 disabled spaces. Charges will be €3.00 per day Monday to Saturday and free after 6pm and all day Sunday. The car park will be very useful for fans attending matches in the pitch and will relieve the pressure on on-street parking in Prospect / Swangate, which at present often results in driveways being blocked.

There will be a Bottle Bank located in the Car Park which will be welcomed by everyone who had to travel to Monivea or Oranmore over the past 3 years since the bank was removed from the Railway Station. It will be located at the rear of the car park, the farthest spot possible from local houses.

Monivea Road and New Line Road

No Joy on funding for Monivea Road. Unfortunately, as yet no funding has come through for the badly needed improvements for the Monivea Road. The lack of a footpath to serve the 1000 people living outside the railway bridges is one of the glaring needs in the town but no finance has been allocated under the Smarter Travel heading. I will continue to push for funding from the Council and Department of Transport.

Funding Proposal for Cemetery Cross

Each year the Council proposes a small number of projects to the Department of Transport for what is known as the Specific Improvement Scheme where a traffic hazard has been identified on a Regional Road.

Following pressure from me, this year’s list includes Cemetery Cross, which has always been a dangerous junction but has become worse since the M6 has opened. The cemetery entrance complicates the situation and has led to a number of accidents over the years. We should know by year end if the application has been successful.

Town Centre Business

The recession is having a terrible effect on businesses in town centres all over the country and Athenry is suffering as much as any. There is a large number of empty shop units on every street and the 4 year downturn has taken its toll on even long established businesses. Something must be done to try to reverse this trend. l have passed my concerns on to the Government representatives and the County Council management. I believe we have to make it more attractive to locate business on local town streets. I have proposed changes to parking charges, possible reduction in rates for small businesses and a cut in property tax for those who have town centre houses etc.

This Article was first published in East Galway News and Views, September / October 2012

If we are to get out of the tough times we are in we most small towns a chance to drive economic activity, which will have knock-on benefits on employment and the building of community.

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Written by Peter Feeney

Published here 21 Apr 2024 and originally published September / October 2012

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