Wicklow County Council and the Arklow Town Team have launched the “Open for Business” campaign, which aims to promote Arklow businesses.
Arklow town is currently transforming due to infrastructural schemes, and WCC have said “these schemes this will enhance the town for its residents and tourists, so it is important to support local businesses during this time.”
WCC and the Arklow Town Team, have invited local Arklow businessesto submit a post on Social Media, about their business, so it can be shared and promoted.
The campaign is to demonstrate that Arklow Town is ‘Open for Business” during the times of construction, and will expand the campaign into the summer months through social media.
WCC said: “We would encourage businesses to submit a post if they wish to be included in the campaign to promote what they can offer their customers.”
This campaign launch follows a meeting that was held between the Arklow Municipal District Councillors, the Arklow Main Street Traders Association and representatives involved with the Arklow Parade Ground works to discuss the ongoing disruption faced by Arklow traders.
The discussion, which took place on May 12, was requested by Arklow Municipal District Peir Leonard at the April Arklow Municipal District meeting in an attempt to find solutions to the Arklow Traders concerns
Peter Murray from the Arklow Main Street Associate said the meeting was headed by Leonora Earls, the newly appointed Area Director for Arklow.
“There was also two senior contractors from Walsh Engineering, the President of Arklow Chamber of Commerce, James, and Vice President, Paul Lynch,” said Mr Murray.
Agenda for the meeting included a briefing on the Parade Ground Works, discussions of issues of concerned Arklow Main Street Traders and the Arklow Chamber, discussions on improvements to communications and the discussion of Arklow promotion during the works.
“Many of the individuals involved with the Parade Ground Project don’t realise we are already promoting our shops, but that’s not the problem, the problem is traffic,” said Mr Murray.
“And also the total lack of car park spaces, which are mostly taken up the workers that are part of three ongoing projects occurring in Arklow.”
Talking about the meeting, he added: “The representative attending the meeting acknowledged that people were suffering, however, they reinforced that the Parade Ground Project will look great when it’s done.
“And I do think it’ll look great but our concern is that there are a lot of businesses on Main Street that will not be there when it is finished, so that is no use to them.”
Miriam Muphy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, also attended the meeting and said: “We have come together to work together with the Arklow Traders to help find solutions, and a follow up meeting is set for next Thursday.”
If anyone would like to receive regular updates on works being carried out in the town, they are invited to submit their request for a form to be included on the email distribution list to firstname.lastname@example.org.