When I talk with the business community in Mallow a major issue that they raise with me is the paid parking. Cork County Council has agreed that there will be free parking in Mallow from 1pm on Friday and all day Saturday. There are limits to prevent people parking all day in town. It is hoped that this measure will encourage people to shop in Mallow. It is important to help the local economy.
There are different stakeholders in society. In relation to local government we have business people, workers, consumers and our democratically elected councillors. I believe that genuine local democracy demands that the different stakeholders are heard. I believe that dialogue is important if we want solutions to emerge when we face the practical problems that occur. I wish this new measure all the best. I hope that Mallow town the crossroads of Munster will grow and thrive.
John O Brien.