Thursday, October 13, 2016

'No planning permission' for neon signs?

Neon signs on fast food outlets in Kilcullen may not have planning permission, the recent meeting between local politicians and Kilcullen people heard, writes Brian Byrne.

The matter arose under the 'Business' heading in the list of things which Kilcullen Community Action/Tidy Towns had identified as requiring action and support from the representatives.

Fianna Fail TD and Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaill said that Kildare County Council hadn't given permission for such signs for a long time, though he added that if the Council hadn't acted to have them taken down over a certain period, it was likely too late to have them removed.

The issue was part of a broader discussion on shop frontages, some of which aren't considered to be in keeping with the streetscape.

Eoin Houlihan of KCA wondered if the owners of such premises could be asked to change them? Councillors suggested that the new premises improvement grants could be used to make changes if the owners wished.

The meeting was told that details of the grants are being included with the rates bills sent to businesses.

The matter of derelict buildings on the street was also raised. KCA's Ray Kelly said that thankfully it wasn't as big a problem as it had been, a sign of improving economy. But the question of what could be done about such buildings elicited a reply from Cllr Seamie Moore that it is 'a very long process'. "There has to be a warning, then a second warning, and the prospect of a charge on the property. A CPO can be used after two years if there has been no response from the owner."