New signs proposed for Annacotty businesses

SIGNAGE issues for Annacotty village have been raised again by county councillors at a Castleconnell local area meeting.

SIGNAGE issues for Annacotty village have been raised again by county councillors at a Castleconnell local area meeting.

At the March meeting, Cllr Michael Sheahan said the business people of Annacotty had been “abandoned”.

“Because they are off the main road they need to have special treatment to publicise their businesses.

“When they have tried to advertise in the public spaces they have had enforcement notices served on them or fines.

“The were depending on Limerick County Council’s roads department to remedy that for them with appropriate signage but unfortunately the signage does not reflect all the businesses in the village,” said Cllr Sheahan.

On recently erected brown signs there is a cup, bed, fish and knife and fork, said Cllr Sheahan.

“There are 10 businesses located in the village and most of those are not reflected. There is no sign for the medical centres, butchers, supermarket, hairdressers, boutique, farm shop, sports and therapy centre,” said Cllr Sheahan. He says it is a beautiful hamlet that needs to get a lift.

Cllr Brigid Teefy says for people travelling from Dublin or Cork on the M7 it is very hard to find Annacotty.

“The business people of Annacotty keep bringing it up. They have an excellent residents association and it is a spotless village,” said Cllr Teefy.

As a test, Cllr Mary Jackman said she pretended she wasn’t from the area. “With the speed of traffic I was over the bridge before I knew it. It’s a beautiful village and the signs should reflect that and all its attractions and services,” said Cllr Jackman.

Finbarr Keyes, senior executive engineer, said the brown signs are there to make passing traffic aware of the amenities available.“They are not designed for advertisement or promotion. What we have done is in line with our policies. We have to have a consistent approach,” said Mr Keyes.

Cllr Eddie Wade requested an update on how many small garages or businesses have got a notice from the council regarding their signs and how many have been fined. “Some have had signs up for many years,” said Cllr Wade.

Cllr Sheahan proposed that the businesses in Annacotty apply for planning permission for finger post signs to showcase all the different businesses available.