LIMERICK County Council’s roads department has “abandoned” the business people of Annacotty, said Cllr Michael Sheahan at a Castleconnell local area meeting.
“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.
“These are the people who pay the piper - pay their rates - and they have been abandoned,” he added.
The lack of signage for Annacotty was raised at a local area meeting in November. At that meeting councillors said they weren’t happy with the symbols on the proposed signs and it was proposed that the design would come before the area meeting again.
This happened at the February meeting but some of the councillors weren’t in attendance when it was passed as they were at a meeting on the Northern Distributor Road.
“It should not have been put in place without consultation with all the councillors, in particular the councillors who live in the affected area,” said Cllr Sheahan.
Since then three signs have been erected and the Monaleen councillor says the “commercial businesses in Annacotty have been let down by the roads department of Limerick County Council in the display of services in Annacotty”.
“There is a cup, bed, fish and knife and fork. 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.
And to make matters worse he says it is hard to see one of the signs.
“The sign that is coming in to Annacotty from the Dublin side is blocked off by the sign for Mulcair Drive. You can’t see the sign until you are right at it,” said Cllr Sheahan.
Cllr Brigid Teefy says she was one of the first to highlight the lack of signage in Annacotty. She said that if you travelled on the M7 it appears that Annacotty “fell of the map” because it is so badly signposted.
“These new signs do not reflect the businesses in Annacotty,” said Cllr Teefy, who said she had already received a number of phone calls from disappointed business people.
Cllr Mary Jackman said: “It’s a beautiful village and the signs should reflect that and all its attractions and services.”
Director of service, Josephine Cotter Coughlan proposed the matter be brought to the attention of the council’s small business unit and speak to locals “to put on paper what they really want on the ground”.
It was agreed that Cllr Sheahan would bring his proposal to the small business unit and “I would be hoping that the commercial business activity of Annacotty village will be recognised on the new signs”.