Ark­low Main Street be­com­ing like a ‘ghost town’

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MAIN STREET in Ark­low is be­com­ing a ‘ghost town’ ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal town coun­cil­lor who says that traders need to put a sur­vival strat­egy in place to se­cure its fu­ture.

Rather than point­ing the fin­ger of blame at busi­nesses which have moved out of the area to larger premises, Cllr. Peter Dempsey is of the opin­ion that it is bet­ter to take steps to in­vig­o­rate the area by launch­ing a new in­door mar­ket.

‘There is no use blam­ing those busi­nesses which have changed lo­ca­tion. I re­ally be­lieve that some sort of good­will ges­ture from the own­ers of the Dunnes Stores build­ing would go a long way if they of­fered cheap rent for it to be trans­formed into an in­door mar­ket,’ he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Cllr. Dempsey this would help to stop the area from dy­ing away and in­crease foot­fall to the town cen­tre.

‘If some­thing is not done,’ he adds plenty more busi­nesses will de­cline and this will have a knock-on ef­fect on the Bridgewater Cen­tre.

In a bid to stave off fur­ther doom and gloom Cllr. Dempsey com­ments that a united ap­proach and a proac­tive cam­paign to take action from all cor­ners in­clud­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity and Town Coun­cil will go a long way to help­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

Empty units on Main Street in Ark­low Town.

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