Nov. 7, 2012
-- The Christmas Parking & Pedestrianistion Initiative has been developed following a recent consultation between representatives of the Ennis business community and Ennis Town Council with the key task of promoting shopping in Ennis over the Christmas and New Year period.
The Council has also confirmed that the Christmas street lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Peter Considine on Friday, 23 November. Entertainment during the switch on event will be provided by local school choirs and theatrical group, Pantaloons.
The 2012 Christmas Parking Initiative, which is being sponsored by Ennis Town Council, will feature free on-street and off-street parking up to 12 noon daily from1st December to 6th January 2013. Parking at Cloughleigh car park will be free during the same period. Low cost parking is also available at the long-stay car park in Glór (€3.90 for 8 hours).
According to Mayor Considine: “The proposed pedestrianistion of Ennis on the 15th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December, coupled with other initiatives in the town that are being supported by Ennis Town Council, should make Ennis a very attractive shopping destination during the festive period.”
“I would encourage the staff of shops and business owners in the town to free up spaces close to the town centre for shoppers by using the alternatives provided. I am aware that the business community is very supportive of this initiative and I would like to acknowledge their commitment to developing an active involvement in the incentives for visitors and shoppers,” he added.
Mr. Leonard Cleary, Ennis Town Clerk, noted that the Council will be promoting the Christmas Parking & Pedestrianistion Initiative during the coming weeks. He said: “Ennis Town Council will run radio advertisements throughout December. Notices will also be posted on Ennis Town Council website, while a link on the new Visit Ennis website will advise the public regarding the free parking scheme.”
“Ennis Town Council is encouraging members of the public to shop locally this Christmas and help to sustain local jobs. Ennis offers excellent value for money and a broad shopping experience and we are delighted to be able to play our part in supporting local businesses,”
Mr. Clearly concluded.