Call to be ‘proactive’ on rates as city businesses struggle

Mayor David Fitzgerald (FG) has urged his fellow members of Kilkenny Borough Council to be “creative and proactive” in setting commercial rates for next year, considering the amount of vacant premises already in the city and the number of other businesses on the brink.

Mayor David Fitzgerald (FG) has urged his fellow members of Kilkenny Borough Council to be “creative and proactive” in setting commercial rates for next year, considering the amount of vacant premises already in the city and the number of other businesses on the brink.

Speaking at Monday’s council meeting, he noted that he had counted five vacant premises on High Street and seven on Parliament Street.

“We are in the teeth of an economic storm which is going to be very difficult for many in the winter months in particular,” he said, adding that “as we approach budget time, to ... ensure that the city does not become closed down.”

“We need to be creative and proactive in how we address the economic survival of many businesses in the city,” the mayor said. “We cannot be underestimating the level of pressure that is in many commercial premises at the moment.”