Firms in fear as bud­get looms

Bray People - - Christmas Time In Bray -

LO­CAL BUSI­NESSES are wait­ing in fear as Wick­low County Coun­cil’s bud­get looms.

Busi­nesses in Grey­stones and Kil­coole were re­cently hit with huge wa­ter charges and so they fear the County Coun­cil may find cash by in­creas­ing rates and charges in the an­nual bud­get.

Fine Gael Lo­cal Elec­tion Can­di­date Si­mon Har­ris is urg­ing mem­bers of Wick­low County Coun­cil not to take the ap­par­ent ‘soft op­tion’.

‘I am call­ing on all Coun­cil­lors from all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to hear the gen­uine con­cerns and fears of lo­cal busi­ness in Grey­stones, Kil­coole and through­out this county. Th­ese busi­nesses have al­ready been hit with wa­ter charges and in many cases are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cult times in the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate,’ com­mented Mr. Har­ris.

Lo­cal busi­ness own­ers are hop­ing that by pro­vid­ing lo­cal em­ploy­ment in the towns and con­tribut­ing sig­nif­i­cantly to the com­mu­nity and the in­come of the towns the County Coun­cil will re­frain from hit­ting them with ex­cess charges which would put eco­nomic strain on the busi­nesses.

‘To sim­ply in­flict in­creased fi­nan­cial bur­dens on small and medium busi­nesses in Grey­stones and be­yond would be un­fair and may have wide rang­ing and far reach­ing con­se­quences, con­cluded Mr Har­ris.

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