With the amount of derelict properties in Edenderry reaching record levels, the Offaly Express set about finding out what the people of the small town think Offaly County Council and central government should do to boost industry in the locality.
The number of derelict units in Edenderry currently stands at around 50, and a recent GeoDirectory study found that the North Offaly town has the second highest commercial vacancy rate in the country.
When asked what they think the council should do with the derelict and empty commercial units one business owner stated, “I think they should incentivise people into doing something about it and not having them turn into derelict eyesores.”
Some suggestions from business owners in Edenderry on how to boost the local economy included, bringing some outside investment into the town and lowering the commercial rates imposed on business owners.
Of all the business owners asked, many felt that Offaly County Council wasn’t doing as much as it should be, with one person even going as far as to say, “with the little work there doing, they’re actually damaging the town by taking away some of the parking spaces in the town centre."
Many business owners felt as if the County Council was pushing the important problem aside and ignoring the people of Edenderry who demanded a change for the better instead of the worse.
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