Cllr Cian Prendiville
CLARE County Council will close its service office in Westbury, in Limerick’s western suburbs, next month.
The move, the council says, follows an examination of the level of activity at the office, which identified that last year, just 400 people visited the office for non-motor tax queries.
Clare County Council said it is “conscious that with advances in phone technology in particular, access to online facilities is now much greater than when online access facilities were initiated at the office. An increasing number of people are renewing motor tax on-line in Clare using their own online access and this reflects what is happening throughout the country.”
Due to this, the council said it cannot justify keeping the office, at Knockballynameath open after its lease expires.
But general election candidate Cllr Cian Prendiville has criticised the move, saying: “The people of Westbury and Shannon Banks already feel they are falling betwee two stools not getting the services that they need from Clare County Council. They are out of sight, out of mind. The closure of this office will only add to this feeling.”
Clare County Council has said services will continue to be provided by its offices in Shannon Town and all affected staff will be redeployed.