TRALEE Chamber Alliance has described the decision by Kerry County Council and Irish Water, to dig up part of Tralee town centre for the next six weeks as “bizarre”.
A letter from Kerry County Council was issued to businesses this week, saying work would start this coming Monday on replacing an existing cast iron water main and the supply connections from the main in Bridge Street and The Mall. The work is set to take six weeks – up to the start of December.
This project is separate to the planned work in the New Year to change the traffic flow on Denny Street and the introduction of shared-space on The Mall and the Council says this mains work has to be done before in advance of that project going ahead.
“The manner in which the businesses on The Mall and Bridge Street were informed, just four days prior to the commencement of the work, clearly lacks consideration for a sector that relies on the Christmas trade to bolster their accounts for the year,” reads a statement from the Chamber.
“In light of the recent consternation over the upcoming traffic management project, and despite all the assurances from Kerry County Council to work with the traders to minimise disruption, it is shocking to learn that they plan to disrupt trade so close to Christmas with a completely different project.”
“Serious questions need to be answered as to why the work to improve the water supply network cannot take place at the same time as the traffic management project in the New Year,” concludes the statement.