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Fair play Dessie and best of luck in year ahead. Main Street has suffered and given the times we are in it will need assistance and time. For starters, absolutely No more open retail planning consent outside of town centre. Agree on the Pedestrianisation point. It does not work where footfall is limited. To Local readers – support your town centre.
What about the roads dessie? there is a patch between the hospital roundabout and the enterance to St Conals that has never been repaired since works were carried out. What about bins,more are needed!
Is this what we really want? A member of Fianna Fail as the first citizen of Letterkenny? What will Dessie do about the dole queue that himself and his party have created?
New incentives need to be introduced like lower rates for small busnesses to help them survive and a new focus on the towns tourism potential that should include its heritage, rathet than what happened in the past where Developers got away with knocking down old era buildings that had character and history attached to them.
I said it before and i’ll say it again, the town Councillors are obsessed with the Main Street.
The new Main Street is the retail park, free parking for as long as you want and all the shops one needs in the one area at cheap prices.
As for the trees some car drivers don’t see people about to step onto the road because of them, and half of the trees are dead as it is which again is going to cost money to replace.
Looking at the photo it seems to be all the same old heads who are obsessed with the Main Street.
Nothing to do i’m sure with the fact that one town Councillor used to own a business there and another works at the Main Street and another Councillor has a relative that owns a business on the Main Street.
Jaypers your awful grumpy today Mick. Anyways, what you appear to be saying is that we should all turn our back on the main street – I have no interest in the main street whatsoever but i speak for a lot of people in saying it has to be kept alive. Sure the retail park has no pubs, banks, post office, toilets, bookies, newsagents etc so how in the name of Charlie is it the new Main Street!
Keep a dead thing alive for more than a minute and something else has to die.
That something else is the shops that are on the Main Street as has been proved this year alone.
There are toilets in the cafes and restaurants in the area, but no public toilets (not that anyone uses them anyway), you can buy a paper in Dunnes, not many people going to bookies (except gambling addicts) as people are always complaining about having no money.
The reason Letterkenny only has one post office is due to the fact that they scared it will mean job losses for the people already working in it as was mentioned a few years back in the local papers. There were no job losses when the new sorting office opened up.
A town the size of Letterkenny should have at least two sub post offices. The post office in Letterkenny is a no go zone from a Wednesday onwards with dole queues out the door and half way down the Main Street.
If one wants to post a registered letter then one has to go to the only post office in Letterkenny and stand for a half hour before they even get to the counter!
It would fit the town Councillors to open up a few sub post offices instead.
The only reason they won’t open a sub post office somewhere else in Letterkenny is that they are obsessed with the Main Street and trying to keep it alive.
But as i said at the start of my post, keep a dead thing alive for more than a minute and something else has to die….