Glanbia trucks are struggling to access the creamery/soup plant at Thomas Square in the city, due to parking congestion problems at certain times, Kilkenny Borough Council has heard.
Cllr David Fitzgerald (FG) told the council that on certain days, particularly when there is a local funeral, illegal parking becomes a problem to the point where trucks are unable to enter the factory.
“I understand there is an issue on Thomas Street near the Glanbia plant,” he said.
“On days when there are funerals, the parking problem has delayed deliveries and actually affected production.”
Senior engineer for Kilkenny Borough Council Kieran Fitzgerald said that there would be additional signage and enforcement in the area, but that the council generally took an understanding and relaxed stance when it came to funeral proceedings.
“I think it is time that Glanbia took a look at operating industry in a residential area,” he said.
Cllr Fitzgerald was unsatisfied with this response.
“I understand that accomodations are made for funerals, that is reasonable,” he said.
“But perhaps the possiblity of a clear-way could be explored. I would not like the message to emerge from here that Glanbia would relocate a major employer to outside the city.”
Cllr Paul Cuddihy (FG) agreed.
“I think a clearway is essential for work at the Glanbia creamery plant to continue,” he said.
“I take it that this is a residential area, but the plant has been there for 60 years. I have been alarmed at the prospect of losing them from the area in recent times.”
Mr Fitzgerald said he was not suggesting a relocation.
“Thomas Square is marked with double yellow lines, but one of the issues is the size of these vehicles,” he said.
“I am not suggesting that [the plant] should relocate outside the city.”