Council asked to suspend commercial rates collection over Tullow footbridge 'disaster zone'

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Carlow County Council have been asked to suspend commercial rates collection over the Tullow footbridge "disaster zone".

The construction of the pedestrian bridge was to be finished the third week of April, but now the contractor is looking for road closures into June and the works are having a huge impact on businesses in the area. 

Cllr Jim Deane raised the matter at this month's full meeting of the Council and he said: "I am calling on the Council to suspend rates collection for customers nearby this disaster zone." 

However, chief executive of the Council, Kathleen Holohan, said the local authority "can't suspend rates" as it is set in the annual budget each year. 

She added that if any business was having difficulty paying rates they can contact the finance section of the Council but "it is not possible to waive rates for an infrastructure project". 

With regard to the road closures for night-time works, Cllr Will Paton asked why 8pm was the chosen start time for the works when it's known that a local businessman keeps his shop open until 10pm on Abbey Street and he has "suffered already".

Director of Services, Dan McInerney, said the closure of roads at night for works is "sensitive" and is difficult to deal with but he promised to speak to the contractor about the 8pm starts.