Pilot scheme to attract businesses into Tralee town centre

A pilot scheme is to be rolled out in Tralee to attract businesses into vacant properties.

Kerry County Council says the incentives will come into effect in the coming months.

The authority was responding to a call from Sinn Féin Cllr Pa Daly to introduce a discounted rates scheme in order to encourage new businesses to establish in the town centre.

Cllr Pa Daly says in order to encourage new businesses into Tralee town centre, Kerry County Council should introduce a discounted rates scheme along the lines of the former Tralee Town Council scheme of 25% payable in the first year of trading, 50% in the second, and 75% in the third.

The council says this didn’t work; they’ve also examined schemes in other towns around the country, which had poor results.

They’ve developed proposals after taking into account vacancy rates in the town centre, examinations of ground floor and upper floor uses, and reasons for vacancies.

It’s proposed to roll out a pilot scheme of incentives over the coming months for targeted streets within Tralee.

This package will look at planning contributions, rates incentives, planning guidance, grants schemes that are emerging at national level for the reuse of property, and a public realm plan to improve the overall appearance of the streets in question.

The council says this is considered to be a more effective and targeted scheme than what was previously in place.