Market Trading in the town
As many of you know, we thought we had a resolution!!
On Monday 24th of July, Judge O’Connor in Killarney District Court approved the proposals from Kerry County Council to regulate the Market in Kenmare. While the Chamber did not agree with all the Councils proposals, it did accept the Courts Decision as fair and balanced to all parties. Unfortunately there were two appeals to the decision by John R McCarthy and Premier Munster Market Company Ltd (Toby Simmons). As a result the Kenmare Chamber of Commerce have been left with no choice but to also appeal in order to try and secure the best outcome for the town.
In Court, Toby Simmons, the trader who is now appealing the Courts decision said the hours of Trading proposed by Kerry County Council were not sufficient and indicated that the Market should be permitted to trade from sun up to sun down. Further in his evidence in the witness box he stated that the number of Bays should not be restricted to 29. When asked to name a number that he would accept he said he saw no reason why 2,000 (Two thousand!!!) and more stalls should not be allowed. Judge O’Connor said that if this were to happen the people in the town would not be able to leave their homes.
The County Council has approved a plan to spend €95,000 on the Square in Kenmare in order to put in place a new Traffic Management System to facilitate the new trading area. This plan included a new parking area in the square and pedestrian crossings. In addition they are to appoint a Market Manager.
To say that the Chamber of Commerce is bitterly disappointed in the appeal is an understatement! We believed that while no-one got everything they wanted it was a good compromise and put us in a position where we could move forward and make the most of the County Councils plans for the square. We have always believed that a properly regulated Market adds to the town but for now it seems the ‘free for all’ situation is set to continue which detracts rather than adds to the town.