Chamber Notes February 2016:
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce News:
A long discussion took place on the Chambers application for grant aid to produce a detailed feasibility study including technical drawings, planning permission etc for an Enterprise Centre in Roscrea was considered at the monthly meeting. While a number of public announcements were made in recent months the Chamber was informed on the day of the monthly meeting that their was no response as of yet from Enterprise Ireland which is most disappointing. To help get clarity on this issue and develop this much needed project in Roscrea, the Chamber has taken quick steps to organise a meeting with Rita Guinan from the local Enterprise Office this week. The Chamber will also write to Minister Alan Kelly seeking clarification on the feasibility study in addition to numerous other issues including support for a CCTV System for Roscrea, ensuring Roscrea benefits from the Shannon to Dublin water pipe initiative and addressing some concerns that arose before Christmas with regards to developing the Roscrea water treatment facility.
Affordable rates is a long standing issue for Roscrea Chamber who will continue to fight for the best possible deal for it’s members. The Chamber for some time has lobbied for some incentive for new businesses in particular and we were delighted to be informed recently by Cllr Michael Smith that the Chamber’s voice has been heard and that a new rates scheme aimed at helping to make establishing a new business a more attractive proposition will be rolled out over the coming months. While welcoming this news the Chamber believes more is needed for the town in Roscrea. The recent community action plan has highlighted what we all know, Roscrea needs more jobs. With that in mind efforts must be made to sustain exising businesses so that they can grow and prosper and keep providing employment in our town. Cllr Smith has ensured that Chamber that he will be fighting for further initiatives with regards to rates in the weeks and months to come.
Invest In Tipperary
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce congratulated Brian Colclough on his appointment to the Board of “Invest In Tipperary” at it’s recent monthly meeting. The hope is that the initiative can deliver something similar to the recent major jobs announcement in Nenagh. Such an announcement in Roscrea would be a serious game changer for the town and the Chamber pledged to not only keep fighting for the new “Enterprise Centre” but to fight to ensure that the IDA at least recognise that towns like Nenagh and Roscrea can be options to the big multi nationals as recently evidenced.
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce welcomes news that the former Antigen plant is now up for sale. The plant was very many years one of the bedrocks of the town and while new industry is now slow to establish a base in such close proximity to a town centre, there is optimism at least that perhaps the sale of Taro could herald in the dawn of a new era for Roscrea if the right buyer can be found.
Shop Window Competition
A big thank you to all the local businesses that supported the chamber Of Commerce, Shop Window Competition. Participation in the completion made a big and positive difference to the Christmas ambiance in the town. The overall winner was Frawleys Chemist and the Chamber would like to congratulate the Management and Staff on their success.
Like all organisations the Chamber’s strength lies in it’s numbers. The Chamber is completely voluntary and it’s officers give their time freely to try and ensure that we all have a better town to live in, to work in, to visit and to do business in. As evidenced from the notes we are involved in many issues and trying to take a lead in key projects such as the establishment of a Roscrea Enterprise Centre. We need local businesses to support us. To join and to help make a difference please contact Seamus Browne, Brian King or Michael Madden. Your support as always will be greatly appreciated.
Chamber Notes June/Jul 2015
Roscrea Business Watch Scheme:
At the recent monthly meeting of Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce, Secretary, Brian King reported on the great efforts of the local Gardaí in association with the Chamber and RSU to establish a “Business Watch” initiative in Roscrea. Brian said that in particular Garda Michelle Murphy has asked for all businesses to return the business watch form that was circulated in recent weeks. The Chamber in association with the Gardaí has provisionally agreed to launch the scheme in the Racket Hall Hotel, on Friday October 16th. Security providers, security advisers, members of the Garda fraud squad and local Gardaí will all be in attendance that evening. More details will be announced in due course.
Roscrea Enhancement Awards:
As part of the recently announced Roscrea Enhancement Awards, there will be an award for the best presented businesses. All local businesses are encouraged to show their support for the Tidy Towns by simply keeping their business premises clean and tidy. Any other efforts such as hanging baskets etc that make the premises even more presentable would certainly be welcome.
Roscrea Tourist Office:
The Chamber would like to thank the town’s new Tourist Officer, Pamela Aitken for helping distribute the new Roscrea Tourist Map and Companion guide were launched recently and should prove to be a great help in attracting visitors to the town and encouraging visitors to stay in the town for a prolonged period of time. President of the Chamber, Seamus Browne complimented the Roscrea Enhancement Committee on the initiative which he said was another excellent project by the committee following quickly their recent Enhancement Awards launch. As regards the new Tourist Office, it is envisaged that the new tourist office will open on Castle Street in the next two weeks. The new copies of the town map are available are available from Pamela who can be contacted at 0857114183 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Digital/Social Media Training:
The Chamber Of Commerce in association with John McFadden will host a digital/social media marketing course on Thursday the 25th of June. It is an all-day course priced at just €95.00 which also includes a free post course consultation on a day of your choice at a venue of your choice to discuss how you can improve your social media presence. For more contact John at email@example.com.
Roscrea Festival Of Music:
A festival of music and a family fun day will take place on August 28th at the Mill House. The organsiers may be in contact with local businesses looking for support. The Chamber wishes them every success with their venture. Proceeds on the day/night will be donated to Pieta House, Roscrea. Best wishes also to RSU with their family fun day on July 19th.
Roscrea Painting Scheme:
At the recent Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce monthly meeting, Cllr Michael Smith announced details of the 2015 Roscrea Painting Scheme. Unlike other years, the scheme can cover not only the paint but also work to improve your premises. For more information you can contact Cllr Smith on 0868525634. It is my understanding that the timeline for application for the grant is very tight
New Chamber Of Commerce Members:
The Chamber of Commerce meet on a monthly basis. All officers are volunteers and give their free time to help promote and develop our town. The Chamber is currently working hard to develop an Enterprise Centre in Roscrea. Such an initiative is critical to help increase employment and prosperity in the area. To help us with this and many other projects we would like to see new members get involved. New member application forms are available from any Chamber Officer or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce Notes February 2015
Chamber Support Getting Local People Back To Work Initiative
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce would like to thank Laura Ryan from the Tipperary Regional Youth Service who attended our recent monthly meeting and gave a presentation on a scheme called the “Work Winner Programme “
The programme targets young people between the ages of 18-25 years old, who are unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment. All participants opt to join the programme of their own free will, with the programme lasting 20 weeks approximately, with many working or training between 30-35 hours per week for no extra money. Tipperary Youth Services aim to identify what each individual participant is interested in working at and what in terms of local employment are they suited to. The programme is run as a partnership between local businesses and stakeholders whose sole purpose is to move young unemployed people in Roscrea closer to the labour market.
After the presentation and questions and answers session followed. The Chamber welcomed the initiative and pledged it’s support to Laura and the Tipperary Regional Youth Service.
Laura Ryan asked could the Chamber help with providing some office space even if it was only once a week to help get the scheme running. In this regard the Chamber is grateful to “RSU” who are meeting Laura this week with a view to allowing the Tipperary Regional Youth Service use the RSU Office on Castle Street.
The Tipperary Regional Youth Service needs a group of employers to support this scheme. There is no cost to the employer and The Tipperary Regional Youth Service provide full HR support to the Employer throughout the scheme. The scheme lasts twenty weeks and some of the most desirable work around Roscrea evolves around gaining experience in local factories, work with horses, green keeping and hotel work.
The Chamber Secretary Brian King has more information on the scheme. To find out more send an email to email@example.com
Roscrea Enterprise Centre Development
The Chamber is continuing to work on the feasibility study for a proposed Enterprise Centre Development in Roscrea. A number of businesses people may be contacted in the coming week as part of a survey and focus group to help generate ideas. It is envisaged that the feasibility study will match the skillset we have currently in the town while at the same time identify sectors for future development. In this regard the Chamber is looking at a mix of manufacturing and digital age technologies to complement the Centre. After the feasibility study is documented the next phase of the plan will involve working with the local authority and government agencies to help make the initiative a reality.
The Chamber Of Commerce was delighted on reflection with the response to the new Christmas lights. The Chamber would like to thank all those who contributed to the cost of the lights and encourage those that have not made a contribution to do so, even at this late stage. The Chamber would like to thank Padraic Madden who collected the contributions and also say thanks to all those who helped make the official lighting of the Christmas Lights a very special occasion. Thanks in particular to Joe Dooley, The Kickback Café, RSU, “A Taste Of Roscrea” and the local schools who performed the Roscrea Christmas Song on the night.
Speakers For 2015
If any Chamber member has any speaker in mind or if any organsiation would like to make a presentation to the Chamber in 2015, then please contact either the Chamber President, Seamus Browne or Chamber Secretary, Brian King
Roscrea Town Promotion Review
The Chamber would like to thank the LEO for the grant it received before Christmas to run a radio campaign aimed at encouraging consumers to shop local in the build up to Christmas and to support local businesses in Roscrea.
Concerns were expressed again at the monthly meeting of the Chamber with regard to the Taro Pharmaceuticals Plant and it’s future. The Chamber like all Roscrea people would like to see some plan for the plant’s future. It was agreed to write to the on-site manager requesting further information.
The Chamber would like to thank all those who attended it’s 50th anniversary Chamber lunch. Thanks in particular to special guest Brendan Cummins for his time. Some invoices remain outstanding. Invoices should be given to Seamus Browne or sent to Liam McGrath our Treasurer, Dublin Road, Roscrea.
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce November 2014
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce Notes
At the recent Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce, monthly meeting, thanks were extended to Paul Fogarty who has agreed to provide a free premises for the Local Enterprise Office to conduct a monthly clinic in Roscrea in November and December 2014. The clinic will be of great assistance to people considering establishing a business or those wishing to improve their existing businesses. The Chamber is hopeful that this exercise will not only help new and existing entrepreneurs but will also help develop more positive links between Roscrea and the LEO.
Roscrea Business Park
Cllr Michael Smith encouraged the Chamber to look for a mentor to help put in place plans for the Roscrea Business Park. The Chamber said it would consult with the local Enterprise Office and local politicians to determine if this was the correct strategy to take. Since the Chamber meetings these consultations have taken place and the Chamber has now officially requested help from the LEO with regards to providing a mentor that will help the Chamber establish what is the best course of action to take now with the Business Park. The Chamber has lobbied for some time for the local authority to be given a major input into the future of the park which has huge potential to provide long lasting and meaningful employment in the town.
Seamus Browne and Michael Madden agreed to represent the Chamber at an upcoming meeting aimed at establish a Roscrea Business Expo in the near future. This great initiative was one of the outcomes of a recent community meeting with the Local Enterprise Board who are supportive of the project.
Christmas Lights 2014
Chamber President, Seamus Browne said he was working hard to come up with options for the Christmas lights this year. All agreed that the lights need to be upgraded but finance is a serious issue. The Chamber will make an application to Tipperary County Council for financial support of it’s ideas. Cllr Michael Smith offered his support and the Chamber is hopeful that this support coupled with the Chamber’s plans for Christmas 2014 in Roscrea will encourage the support of the council. If the Chamber receives this capital support it will be dependent as ever upon the generosity of the local traders to help with the running costs of the lights which incur substantial electricity costs before the cost of taking up and down the lights is even factored into the equation.
It was suggested at the Chamber meeting that we contact Bus Eireann with our concerns over the depletion in services to Toomevara, Moneygall and Borris-In-Ossory. All Chamber delegates present at the recent meeting felt that this was a worrying development and while Roscrea has not been directly impacted, there is an indirect impact and a worry that services to Roscrea could be scaled back at a future date.
Roscrea Town Enhancement Plan
Brian King gave an update on the town enhancement plan with a particular emphasis on the more achievable short term objectives of the plan. The Secretary said he would give a detailed report at the November Chamber meeting on those key deliverables and how the Chamber can play a major role in their accomplishment.
As part of the monthly Chamber meeting, Anne Keevey and Kathy Mcloughlin gave a presentation entitled “Roscrea Cares”. The presentation was based on what strategies Roscrea would need to adopt to become “An Age Friendly Town”. Dundalk was the first town in Ireland to become an Age Friendly Town and enjoyed great benefits as a result. Simple examples were given as to how Roscrea could advance towards becoming an “Age Friendly Town” such as more street furniture for people to relax and take their time. Another example was encouraging more businesses to ensure that eg seating in their service areas is suitable for elderly people in particular and that access is suitable for wheelchairs etc. Sources of funding for such a project as “Age Friendly Town” was discussed as was other projects which could coincide with this project such as “The Good Neighbour Project”.
The Chamber would like to support this initiative and would ask local businesses to take on board some of the suggestions above. The Roscrea Enhancement Plan is encouraging the development of a Slí Na Slainte route around the town which will help with regard to the provision of more street furniture and the Chamber will stay in touch with Anne Keevey to determine other initiatives that the Chamber should support as part of the quest for Roscrea to become an “Age Friendly Town”
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce Celebrating 50 Years in Roscrea
This year marks fifty years of Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce. During that time the Chamber has with pride represented the town on both commercial and social issues to the best of it’s ability. It has enjoyed many successes and over the years contributed to the establishment of Roscrea Credit Union, Roscrea Tidy Towns, efforts to have a swimming pool and leisure Centre in the town, the establishment of Roscrea 2000, keeping the Christmas lights alive each festive season in addition to numerous successes in working with the Council and various stakeholders to help make Roscrea a better town to live and to visit. Of course the Chamber has also had plenty of disappointments most notably the closure of local factories and local retailers all of which damages the social and economic fabric of the town and causes great hardship for the families that make up the community.
The last six years in particular have proved very difficult. As local businesses struggle for their own survival the Chamber has become more and more dependent on key volunteers to ensure that the local business community continues to have a voice in and for Roscrea even if at times it feels as if that voice falls upon deaf ears. The reality is that behind the scenes Chamber members meet regularly with local Councilors and stakeholders to help ensure that even in a time when budgets are extremely tight that Roscrea is certainly not forgotten.
Roscrea Chamber has represented & lobbied on behalf of local businesses on many issues for fifty years. This has been of particular importance given the fact that Roscrea has been without its own Town Council during this time. While often open to criticism the reality is the Chamber does give Roscrea a serious voice particularly with the local authority and all this work is done voluntary by a small number of committed individuals.
As a voluntary organisation, without funding, Roscrea Chamber depends solely on its members for its survival. The Chamber is actively looking for new members to get involved and they are encouraging their current loyal members to stay committed to the Chamber. The Chamber appreciates that we are all working in harsh economic times and in this regard they have kept its membership to a very moderate fee to help with it’s running costs.
Padraic Madden will once again help the Chamber collect the subscription fees this year and we are very grateful for his help. To raise any item on the Chamber agenda or to become a part of Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce, please contact Chamber Secretary Brian King in Roscrea Credit Union (0505) 23601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively Chamber President Seamus Browne can be contacted on 087 2499570 or email email@example.com. Your support, contributions and suggestions are more than welcome. Below is just some of the issues and projects that Roscrea Chamber Of commerce is currently engaged in and/or supporting.
The Chamber would like the local authority to work with Shannon Airport Authority and Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce to put a plan in place to secure the future of the site. Job creation in the town and it’s hinterland is very much dependant on the development of the site as we have no modern facilities in the local area at the moment that lends itself to supporting entrepreneurs and new business start up’s particularly in the areas of food development and information technology. With jobs a key priority in Roscrea the Chamber
envisage that with the support of the local authority the Chamber could apply to seek funding for a feasibility study to examine ways in which we can secure and develop the site.
With local retailers providing so much of the employment now available in Roscrea it is vital that we get more visitors into the town. The Chamber is heartened by a number of meetings it has had in recent times with the Council in which it has been made quite clear that the Council is committed to developing tourism in the area. The Chamber has a number of ideas which it is in the process of speaking with the stakeholders concerned. The Chamber is of the opinion that if it receives support for some of it’s suggestions in addition to some initiatives flagged by the local authority then we can seriously increase the number of visitors to our town. One of these initiatives will include a campaign for free access to the OPW sites in Roscrea. This was tried in other towns before and the Chamber believe that such a move would greatly enhance the town’s potential to attract more visitors and coach tours to Roscrea and thereby provide a solid foundation for developing the tourist product in the town.
The Chamber Secretary, Brian king is Chairman of the Enhancement Plan Committee and is grateful to Chamber President Seamus Browne and fellow Chamber Delegates for their support of the initiative. Through the Chamber the positives and negatives of the Enhancement Plan were outlined recently to the local authority. Not having a full time project officer is certainly an issue. Also of concern is the fact that a number of quick wins for the plan were almost guaranteed during the Enhancement Plan stakeholder forum which have not yet happened. For instance making the Mall one way received great support as did putting a roundabout and a feature in the middle of Market Square. Other quick wins flagged by the Chairman such as continuing the footpath from the by-pass bridge to the golf club were also discussed recently with the Council. The Chamber is heartened by the progress made since that meeting including news that funding is now in place to commence the development of one of the key laneways in the town.
Without the Chamber the likelihood of Christmas lights in Roscrea each year would be very dim. An enormous amount of voluntary time and effort is spent each year organsing the lights, collecting contributions and dealing with many other issues that come as part of the annual project. We ask retailers every year to consider how bleak the town would be without Christmas Lights during the festive season. While grateful for the support we receive each year from retailers, the reality is that in order to sustain and indeed improve the Christmas Lights offering particularly now that we have the “Taste Of Roscrea” festival attracting more people to the town each December, we need more retailers to support the lights and we certainly need more retailers to join the Chamber. Our strength is certainly in our numbers.
An Bord Pleanala in deciding not to accept its inspector’s recommendations to refuse planning permission, based it’s decision on the contribution the development would have to the public realm by way of a café at ground floor level, incorporated into existing main building overlooking the public plaza and the development of water pool and water features. The Chamber continues to lobby and seek that the council insure that the development is completed in line with planning permission, which was given on the basis of positive physical features to be put in place.
Arising from commitments given in past meetings with representatives of the Tipperary Library Committee, the Chamber is looking for Saturday opening hours to be restored to Roscrea Library. The importance of Saturday opening to town cannot be over emphasized, especially as it would contribute to shopping attractiveness in the town on a Saturday. This service needs to operate for the benefit of the public. With the local council office in Roscrea now closed to the public it certainly makes a re-examination of Roscrea Library opening hours more important than ever.
Chamber Encourages Local Community To Shop Local
A report by economist Jim Power in 2013 proved that when money is spent in locally owned businesses it is worth up to three times more to the local economy i.e the money that is spent locally stays locally. This invariably leads to greater job creation and a more vibrant and happy town for all inhabitants. With this in mind the chamber would encourage the public to shop local. By shopping local you will help sustain employment in Roscrea which is vital for the future of our town.
A number of presentations were made at Chamber meetings over the last few months but none captured the attention like that of the recent presentation by Roscrea Cardiac Responder Group. The Chamber would encourage all it’s members to put the following numbers in their phone. In case of emergency call 999/112 and 0860376869. The mobile number is that of the Roscrea Cardiac Group. Members take turn in having the mobile and defibrillator unit on their person so that they can attend to any emergency. The group requests that you contact the emergency services first followed by an immediate call to the mobile number as the likelihood is the local responder group will get to the person(s) needing aid quicker. The Chamber would encourage all it’s members and all local businesses to support the group in whatever way possible. Contact details are as follows: Mike Edwards Secretary Roscrea Cardiac Responder Group 0879841033, Kerry Ann Nolan Co-ordinator Roscrea Cardiac Responder 0868890911
Celebrating 50 Years in Roscrea
As mentioned earlier the Chamber is currently celebrating 50 years service in Roscrea. A special event to celebrate this achievement will take place in December. Details will be announced once finalised.
Roscrea Chamber Update Autumn 2013
Damer Court Hotel:
The Chamber of Commerce was saddened like everyone else in Roscrea to hear recently about the closure of the hotel. The Chamber has a very close relationship with the owners and knows that they and their staff made every effort to help prevent the hotel from closing. The Chamber met regularly in the hotel and members were always treated in a courteous and professional manner. The Chamber would like to wish the staff and the owners every success for the future and thank them all most sincerely for all their help and support over the years.
Pay For Parking:
The Chamber would like to thank Cllr Michael Smith for attending our last Chamber meeting and encouraging the Council to delay it’s decision on the future of Pay For Parking fees in Roscrea. A number of alternatives are being considered and it is hoped that through compromise the Chamber and the Council will find a way that will bring more footfall to our streets while at the same time generate revenues from the parking that is needed for various initiatives around the town.
Shop local Campaign:
Congratulations to the “Shop Local Campaign Committee”. Twelve businesses participated under the leadership of Brian Colclough. Apart from generating great interest from the public the campaign highlighted the importance of keeping jobs local by shopping local. No doubt when the Committee launch a second phase to the campaign, more businesses will see the wisdom of getting themselves involved. Chamber President Seamus Browne said that it was vital that people understood the importance of shopping local.
The Chamber congratulated it’s Secretary Brian King who reviewed the Enhancement Plan and the work completed to date. Brian King said that the Council had taken a lead on many projects all of which were progressing. When asked about the animator for the project Brian King said he like many others was frustrated that this element of the Enhancement Plan was not progressing at the rate one would have liked. Brian King said however he was assured by key people in NTLP that the animator would be appointed soon which will be a great boost for the overall plan.
Roscrea Beo Festival:
The Chamber are delighted to see the great line-up of events for the second Roscrea Beó festival which will take place from the 22nd to the 25th of August. The Chamber would like to encourage the public and the business community and their families to come out and support this great festival which will hopefully grow in strength as each year passes.
Roscrea Tidy Towns:
Eileen Doherty presented the Tidy Towns Submission for 2013 to the Chamber Secretary recently. Brian king said that it would be great if all Roscrea people were to get a look at the submission and the level of detail and administartion involved before it was submitted as part of the judging phase. Once again the Chamber encourages all those interested in the growth and development of their town to get involved in some way with the local Tidy Towns whether as a volunteer or a sponsor of a project etc.
Roscrea United FC:
The new club was wished every success by members of the Chamber at their recent monthly meeting.
Roscrea Summerfest 28th of July:
Congratulations to the organsiers of the first Roscrea Summerfest which took place at the end of July. Despite the intermittent weather a good crowd was in attendance and again let’s hope it is an event that will prosper over the coming years.
Roscrea Creative Art Group
Congratulations to all involved in the exhibition that was launched recently in
the “Art Gallery” on Rosemary St, Roscrea. The Roscrea Creative Art Group is tutored by Caoimhe Arrigan and is another example of some of the many initiatives that happen around Roscrea and should be encouraged and congratulated as we try to make our town more appealing for visitors and the local community alike.
The Chamber would like to thank Padraic Madden who is gathering the annual subscriptions. If you would like to join the Chamber or would like any item raised on the Chamber agenda then please contact Chamber Secretary, Brian King or the Chamber President, Seamus Browne.
Chamber Briefs May 2013:
Chamber Seeks Opinion On Pay For Parking
The issue of “Pay For Parking” was back on the agenda at Monday evening’s monthly Chamber meeting. North Tipperary County Council has asked the Chamber in line with the Town Enhancement Plan to take a lead in advising the Council on what changes if any the Chamber would like to see introduced to the current scheme.
One obvious improvement would be giving consumers more of an incentive to park in off street car-parks. However the main dilemma for the Chamber is whether or not the Chamber should lobby for 30 minutes or one hour free parking. The Council has informed the Chamber that the first hour is where the Council generates most of it’s revenue from “pay for parking”. If Roscrea was to have for example free parking for the first hour it would come at a cost as obviously revenue would be down which would impact of the Councils ability to fundraise various services and possible future development projects. In addition the Council have also pointed out that the current traffic warden is more than accommodating in giving people a discretionary amount of time if they are parking in town to complete a quick errand. This is usually in the region of fifteen to twenty minutes which the Chamber believes is very fair and are grateful for.
The Chamber will be meeting Council officials again next week. It is important that the Chamber are able to reflect the majority view of the retailers in Roscrea. In this regard the Chamber would be grateful if retailers could contact let their views be known to either the Chamber President Seamus Browne firstname.lastname@example.org or the Chamber Secretary Brian King email@example.com as soon as possible.
Painting Scheme Extended
Roscrea Chamber of Commerce has welcomed news that the “Painting Scheme” for main street, has been extended for two weeks. It is vital that as many retailers as possible avail of the scheme. To date the response has been most encouraging. Retailers that have not benefited from the generous grant available are urged to contact the Council as soon as possible.
Passing of Brendan Carmody
A vote of sympathy was passed on the passing of Brendan Carmody last week. Chamber delegates recalled the vast contribution Brendan gave to his adopted home of Roscrea. In particular the Chamber delegates spoke of Brendan’s great work with Tidy Towns and his tremendous interest in the history of the town and in particular his close association to Damer House and Roscrea Castle. Deepest sympathy is extended to his family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Shannon Development Site
The Chamber is looking for a meeting with the County Manager to discuss the vacant Shannon Development site at Benamore, Roscrea. The Chamber is of the opinion that this fully serviced site offers Roscrea the best chance of attracting new enterprise and new jobs into the town.
Brian King and Michael Madden reported on their latest meeting with Tipperary County Library officials. The Chamber was disappointed with the news that for a number of reasons but predominantly health and safety reasons and staff resources there would be no return of Saturday opening hours at Roscrea library in the near future. The Chamber was given assurances that after the merger of North and South Tipperary County Councils, extra resources may be made available to facilitate a return to Saturday opening. The Chamber have always maintained that the library in Roscrea should be on an equal footing with the rest of the County and in order to maximise the Library services, the library needs to be open at times that are suitable to the public, especially if we are trying to encourage people to use library services on a more regular basis.
Roscrea Business Park:
A delegation of Chamber member met recently with Noel Coonan TD and the regional manager of Enterprise Ireland. Chamber President, Seamus Browne said that with Shannon Development as we know it set to be dissolved soon, the future of the Business Park is far from certain. The Chamber are trying to protect at least some of the twenty six acre park which it hopes will eventually evolve into something like the new enterprise centre now open in Thurles.
Chamber Secretary Brian King paid tribute to Anne Keegan who retired recently from the Midland Tribune. The Secretary said that Anne was a wonderful person who was always an invaluable support to Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce and countless other organsiations and sports clubs in the locality. The Secretary commented that Anne had demonstrated tremendous commitment to the growth and development of the town of Roscrea and he wished her every success for the future.
The Chamber is currently engaged with a sub committee been led by Brian Colclough regarding the development of a “shop local campaign” in Roscrea. The Chamber embarked upon a similar campaign in Christmas 2011 which was reasonably successful. It is envisaged that this new initiative will be a more sustained campaign. More details will be announced soon.
Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce Support Painting Scheme:
At it’s recent monthly meeting Roscrea Chamber of Commerce thanked north Tipperary County Council for supporting a “Painting Scheme” aimed at the businesses on Main Street, Roscrea. €7000.00 was made available recently for the project. Chamber President Seamus Browne welcomed the announcement which he said would breathe new life into the street if supported.
Chamber Secretary and Chairman of the Town Enhancement Group, Brian King said that it was important that local businesses availed of the grants available. He said if the businesses on Main Street demonstrated this kind of leadership then he expected that the Council would be supportive of rolling the scheme out to other parts of the town.
The new grant will enable businesses located on the Main Street to purchase a kaleido-scope of colours to renew the town’s main thoroughfare.
The Council say they aim to support and encourage local people and businesses to invest in buildings to enhance the character and appearance of the historic town and promote local pride in the community for their hometown. As a general rule it is proposed that the use of strong colour combinations should be applicable to buildings that make a special contribution to the streetscape and character of the town – for example those that are located strategically on corners or at the end of streets. An application form for money to carry out painting work is available from North Tipperary County Council and has been circulated amongst local businesses in the last few days. The Council say that in order to ensure a coherent approach to the new scheme and how it is put into action, all colours will be agreed by the Local Authority prior to the applicants receiving a ‘provisional grant offer’. Colour cards with the proposed colour scheme for a building are to accompany all applications and the grant itself will be for materials only. The grant will be calculated based on the quantity and unit cost of paint required and will be paid out after the applicant submits a receipt from the paint supplier and work carried out in accordance with approved works.
Funding is available primarily for both residential and commercial properties for elements of the building visible from the street. 100% of the total cost of the paint, up to a maximum of €300 for residential properties and €500 for commercial properties, is available. Properties that are partial commercial and partial residential will be considered commercial premises for the purpose of the scheme.
In order to obtain the maximum benefit from the scheme in the event it is oversubscribed, grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Completed application forms should be submitted by May 3rd and successful applicants will be notified in writing. The Council say that where an applicant has outstanding liabilities with any of the Local Authorities the grant will be only approved where the applicant agrees to offset the grant against those out-standing liabilities.
All the work must be completed by September 30th and receipts must be submitted by October 18th. For more information contact Anne-Marie Devaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 067 44662.