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Sunday, 14th April 2019

LOVEDROGHEDA group falling out of love with Council

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Waiting four months, still no action on BID plan

Drogheda’s business community could hardly be described as a group of radicals but some of them are getting impatient with senior management at Louth County Council.

The LOVEDROGHEDA proposal by a group of business owners and rate payers to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) in Drogheda was submitted to the Council exactly four months ago, on 14 December 2018.

The procedure is that the proposal has to be put on the public file for 30 days to allow members of the public to make submissions before a vote can be taken by rate payers on whether or not they want to go ahead with the plan.

The file has been sitting on the desks of Louth County Council Chief Executive Joan Martin and Director of Services Frank Pentony for the past four months without any action and the LOVEDROGHDA committee are running out of patience.

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Following a meeting on last Wednesday night a message has gone out from the committee requesting ratepayers to contact Ms Martin and Mr. Pentony by email or phone.

“They’re unlikely to take your call but leave a message that you are calling about the LOVEDROGHEDA BID and when it will be put on the public file” they say.

“If you are e mailing, tell them you are a local Drogheda business operating in very difficult circumstances, employing XX no of people. 

“The LOVEDROGHEDA BID has been with Louth Rating Authority since 14 December 2018. You are required under Section 129C (5) of the Local Government (Business Improvement Districts) Act 2006 to place the proposal on the public file ‘as soon as practicable.’ It is now over 17 weeks since we submitted our proposal. 

“We request that you place our proposal on the public file without any further delay.”

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