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County Manager Briefs Letterkenny Chamber on Changes in Local Government

Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce hosted a briefing this week in The regional Cultural Centre with Seamus Neely, County Manager on the changes in local government. Speaking at the meeting with, Gerard Grant, President, Letterkenny Chamber introduced the event by saying “While chamber members still concerned about the abolition of the town council they are pragmatic in their approach and are adaptable to change.” He welcomed the County Manager who then gave the audience of over 30 business people a roundup of the changes and the implications for Letterkenny. The Manager outlined the increase in elected members and the 5 electoral areas. He explained how the current structure for Letterkenny worked in terms of senior management and staffing and that he was very aware of the priority areas. He explained that the current budget would remain in place until the end of the year and that it would be the responsibility of the new Council to set the 2015 budget. There will be decisions to be made regarding rates and the property tax but the intention is that Letterkenny should retain its services and a similar budget provision. Seamus also mentioned the Letterkenny Gateways economic forum that has brought together a range of stakeholders including Letterkenny Chamber. This forum has set some strategic objectives for the town and this will be utilised to inform the strategic thinking within the County position Letterkenny in terms of it’s economic importance.

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Urgent work needed on the Bonagee relief road.

For many years we have lobbied for money for the Bonagee relief road to help with traffic coming in to Letterkenny at peak times and the chaos that occurred on Thursday morning justifies the need for this. Businesses reported to the Chamber that staff could not get in to work and our CEO was also personally caught up in the traffic for over two hours. Gerard Grant, Chamber President said ”Firstly our thoughts are with this young man and we wish him a speedy recovery. Many businesses have been severely affected by this disruption with staff being at least two hours late for work. This has left some businesses under- resourced and others have had a two hour delay in their opening time. This is a short week already and businesses cannot afford to have this type of unexpected disruption. There have been incidents of this nature before but we have never seen anything of this scale and we are very concerned that there was no adequate traffic management in place. It is well known that the Derry Road is busy for 30 minutes from around 8.45 every morning. Once this accident had taken place surely the Gardai should have enacted a traffic plan with resources allocated to ensure that traffic moved as smoothly as possible. With a crash such as this people expect delays but not to this scale. We will be seeking a meeting with The Gardai to investigate why a suitable plan was not put in place and finding out how this will be avoided in the future. In the long term we and all other interested parties need to continue to put pressure on the Department of Transport to move forward with the plans for the Bonagee Relief Road. We have heard over the years that there is no money to do this road. So we call on our elected representatives to ensure that this road is given the priority it deserves.”

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