Local election candidate in Drogheda Urban, Anthony Moore (FF).
Anthony Moore, the Fianna Fáil Drogheda Urban local election candidate, has called for fellow candidates to commit to a “no discrimination against Drogheda” pledge in advance of Friday’s local elections.
Speaking to “Drogheda Life”, Moore said “The last five years of the current Council have seen living standards in our town go into reverse by any measurable standard, with a lack of affordable housing, rising rents and higher parking fees.”
“We all know that Drogheda gets nothing, while others get everything. That’s why it’s very important that local candidates who hope to be elected to Louth Co. Council pledge not to support any measures proposed by the Council that will damage Drogheda even further, a pledge that I am happy to give.”
“Perhaps one of the worst recent examples of anti-Drogheda discrimination by the Council is its proposal regarding commercial rates, imposing the highest rates in the county on Drogheda traders with a multiplier of 0.236 while Dundalk’s is 0.228 and Ardee’s is 0.201.
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“I was recently contacted by a young local businesswoman with six employees who told me her rates will treble this year. She said that this will either force her to raise prices, let some staff go, or go out of business. She is not alone.”
Moore branded the rates hikes “scandalous” and said that they fail to take account of the ease with which Drogheda shoppers can drive to retail parks near Dublin if prices of goods and services rise in Drogheda.
“Drogheda traders are not making a killing” he said, “they are simply making ends meet. That is why Drogheda councillors must keep Drogheda competitive, and resist rates which discriminate against our town. If we don’t do this, Drogheda will die as a retail centre and this will do irreparable damage to our town and its people”.
“We have to fight for other things too. Dundalk is about to get a “park & ride” facility soon, courtesy of the Council. Drogheda needs these too, but is ignored as usual. "Park & ride" facilities would be a great asset for Drogheda commuters and, along with residential parking permits, would end the need to park in residential areas of the town”.
"In sum, it's time for some positive discrimination in favour of Drogheda to make up for the last five years of decline and decay here. That's what I will be fighting for and I hope, if the people of Drogheda elect me to the Council, that the other Drogheda councillors will show the same determination".