Arklow traders to suffer extra costs
The Arklow traders were angered this morning following a letter they received from the Arklow Town Council telling them they now have to pay to display a sign outside their premises.
The letter stated Traders must apply for planning permission and pay a yearly sum of €630 to have an A-Frame sign on the pavement and €125 per table.
Local trader Neil Harris of Smart Cartridge on Arklow's upper Main Steet expressed his anger on social media, "All shops in the town that have an A-Frame on the pavement got a letter this morning, telling them to apply for planning permission for the structure with an annual fee of €630, this is on top of their Rates Bill and their Water Rates Bill, for the very strongly chemical smell "fresh" water with the waste running straight into the river!. Thank you Arklow Town Council."
Another trader Paul Fennell of the Nokia phone store said "I got a letter as well, I think I will just put my sign off the footpath and onto the road, then it is no longer "within the administrative area of Arklow town Council" its WCC, the council that won't paint the road markings, develop the roundabout or move the zebra crossing before someone is killed!"
Paul Burke of the Arklow Revive Group said "this is another blow to already stretched traders on Arklow Main Street. This is the last thing traders need in the height of a recession when business's are pinned to the collar of their shirt"