Call for rates cut
A MOTION calling for cuts in rates to businesses affected by road and drainage works was considered at last week's meeting of Wexford County Council. The proposal of a 50 per cent discount was put forward by Gorey district councillor Malcolm Byrne but it met stern resistance from officials.
Cllr. Byrne cited the example of one small business, a shop in Ballygarrett, which was almost forced to close because of pipe laying in the area. He also wondered what will happen to turnover at enterprises in Camolin while road improvements are carried out this summer. Director of finance Annette O'Neill warned councillors that the local authority's budget is finely balanced and she was reluctant to countenance the prospect of any loss of revenue. She also pointed out that, while work might create short term pain for businesses, they were usually the long term beneficiaries from any improvements.
No vote was taken on Cllr. Byrne's motion, which was deferred to a later date.