Shop local, help maintain jobs and boost employment - that is the message from Clonmel mayor Cllr Billy Shoer this month, as he appealed to members of the public to buy their Christmas presents in Clonmel and surrounding areas this year. Speaking at Clonmel Borough Council’s monthly meeting, Mayor Shoer said that the council is always encouraging people to shop local and he is asking councillors to spread that message to people they are meeting every day.
“Spend money in Clonmel, keep jobs local, keep shops open,” he said.
Following on from the success of last year’s initiative to offer free parking in the town for a number of Saturdays in the run up to Christmas, Clonmel Borough Council are repeating this once again this year.
Cllr Joe Leahy said that 2012 has been another very difficult trading year in relation to costs associated with commercial rates, insurance, electricity and more.
“It is vital that people shop in the town,” he said. “It is extremely difficult to see people shop in other towns and leave money in other towns. Everyone must support each other,” he said.
Free parking days will take place in Clonmel on a number of Saturdays in December.