Local authority rating system slammed

AT a meeting of the Offaly Branch of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association, incoming President Dermot Kenny, Clara launched a scathing attack on the unfair local authority rating system, and he called upon the Minister for the Environment Mr Phil Hogan TD to urgently review the entire workings of local authority funding.

AT a meeting of the Offaly Branch of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association, incoming President Dermot Kenny, Clara launched a scathing attack on the unfair local authority rating system, and he called upon the Minister for the Environment Mr Phil Hogan TD to urgently review the entire workings of local authority funding.

Citing the obvious and dramatic reversal of fortunes that has befallen hundreds of Offaly retailers, many of them convenience stores and newsagents, Mr Kenny pleaded with the new Government to make urgent and real efforts to restore confidence to the retail sector.

Mr Kenny paid particular reference to the high costs of doing business that affects Offaly retailers, the lack of broadband, the high costs of waste disposal and the unfair restraints that many businesses have to endure through the Joint Labour Committee in retail, catering and the hotel industry.

“Offaly has far too many vacant retail units in the town centre; landlords and the UDC’s need to be more progressive and understanding in their attitudes; together we can reverse the downward spiral,” Mr Kenny concluded.