The local property tax provides great benefits to the town enhancement programme of works and also extends into the communities across the Clonmel Borough District. In 2020, great time and effort went into being more creative and supportive with the funding that was provided in the GMA budget. Initiatives that could no longer be supported due to Covid restrictions were now being re-assessed and where possible the Council made the necessary arrangements to assist businesses, local schools, playground areas, the Blueway and town pedestrian areas in making areas safe for use during Covid.
2020 was a very lonely and quiet year across the District and many people experienced sadness and loss during this time. Clonmel Borough District councillors and staff came out in force for Christmas to ensure lots of cheer and delight with a lot of new initiatives and support for the Christmas season. Clonmel streets were lit up like never before, businesses across the town were provided with financial support to dress their windows for the festive season and the local artists were employed by the District to create new Covid friendly seating features with a Christmas twist. The public were delighted with the approach taken by the Council and social media sites lit up with thousands of positive comments for the Council.
Clonmel Borough District looked to improve the streetscape and public realm of Clonmel Town through supporting owners of properties in the Primary Retail Area in improving and enhancing their properties and public areas generally by such means as, but not limited to;
• Removal of inappropriate contemporary signage, fittings and general clutter and replacement with shop fascia signage (with an emphasis on hand painted signage);
• Painting and general improvements to commercial and residential building frontages
• Erection of planters; floral hanging baskets or
other environmental improvements
• Enhancements in order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions e.g. re-designing entrance and shop fronts.
Trader requests for the enhancement, regular power washing and painting up of several laneways throughout the town to facilitate queuing systems for the local was ongoing throughout the re-opening period of 2020. Paving and drainage works were completed in East Lane in 2020 and the funding from GMA helped finance the art work by Philip Quinn at the entrance and exit of the lane. Other town initiatives included Signage for social distancing, Win Wednesday draws, Blueway Bike Safety promotions.
Funding has also been assigned to various other projects in the Clonmel Area including The Blueway Feasibility Study – to extend Blueway to Marlfield and The Town & Village Renewal Project for Marlfield which includes enhanced viewing areas at the lake, platform for fishing to include access for people with disabilities, Traffic Calming Measures in the village and Biodiversity Programme for planting throughout the village.
Financial assistance was also provided to the following to mitigate the impacts of Covid -19 during 2021:
• Clonmel Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre
• South Tipperary Arts Centre – 50% top up on subvention.
Regeneration and Development
This year the Members of Clonmel Borough District voted to set aside a portion of increased Local Property Tax monies, as enabling funds or seed money to progress major projects across the District. This LPT funding will be capitalised at year end as seed money to bring projects identified in Plans and Strategies such as the
• Suir Island Master Plan,
• Urban Realm Project and the
• Flights of Discovery at Dowds lane
to shovel ready stage so that national Departmental funding can be accessed