Kerry County Council is to write to businesses in Listowel, to apologise for allowing a traffic survey to be carried out on the busiest day of the year in the town.
Traders and racegoers were furious on September 18 last, when traffic flow was disrupted by staff from a private company, who were carrying out a survey on behalf of the local authority. The Friday of the Harvest Race meeting is traditionally the busiest day of the year in Listowel, with large volumes of traffic passing through the town. However, on the morning of September 18 last, the morning traffic flow was disrupted by a pavement survey being carried out on William Street. The survey was subsequently abandoned after the council received numerous complaints. At the September meeting of the council’s Listowel Municipal District, Cllr John Brassil proposed that the local authority write to the traders, and apologise for the inconvenience caused to them. Cllr Aoife Thornton seconded the proposal, and added that steps should be taken to ensure that no surveys are ever planned in future for Listowel during Race Week. Chairman of the Municipal District, Jimmy Moloney, said councilors had ‘got it in the neck’ from traders about the day chosen for the survey. He added that in future, the council should also ensure that no traffic surveys are ever carried out during the month of December, when the town is always usually busy with Christmas shoppers.