Casual trading returns to Enniscorthy

By Dan Walsh

The April meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council held with Microsoft Teams under Covid-19 guidelines yesterday (Monday) has unanimously agreed to adopt bye-laws for the draft framework for outdoor trading and is to seek expressions of interest.    

Carolyne Godkin, Director of Services, said there has been several enquiries in terms of casual trading licences in some areas of the town, details had been circulated to members, and if a proposer and seconder could be found, the Council would look at implementing the draft framework for the granting of licences within the Enniscorthy Municipal District.

Ms Godkin said they were following suit in how Wexford enhanced the scheme there with a number of units along the quayside and she emphasised that there is a formal review of casual licences across the county that will not be complete for another number of months, so this is “an interim provision.”

She added that the proposal now is to provide one unit at Urrin Bridge on the Promenade Country Walk; one at Vinegar Hill; one up around the Enniscorthy Sports Hub and one in Bunclody Market Square.

Cllr Aidan Browne said he was conscious that Ferns had been left out. “We need to remember that Ferns is part of this district and it may be ideal to have a unit in Ferns up around the castle as well.”

The old Dunnes Stores car park designed for casual trading is left off the current list?

Cllr Cathal Byrne was concerned that it does not include Bree either. “I know there would be interest at the walking trail at Bree Hill,” he added, before including the Kiltealy and Ballycrystal walking trails. Regards Enniscorthy town, Cllr Byrne said he does not see “the site at the top of the old Dunnes Stores car park included” and he knows that it is a site designated for casual trading and he wondered if it should be on the list?

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan felt that areas included should include those where tourists visit on walking trails during the summer. She was thinking of the beautiful little village of Kiltealy where someone might like to start up something there.

Cathaoirleach Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy said that other areas can be included in a public call and Cllr Aidan Browne (proposer) and Cllr Kathleen Codd -Nolan (seconder), and all members agreed, to adopt bye-laws for the draft framework for outdoor trading and seek expressions of interest.    

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