INDEPENDENT councillor Fergus Kilcoyne has called on the Council to recommend Patrickswell to the TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) to become a server village because of its proximity to the N20.
Speaking at this Monday’s meeting of the Metropolitan District, Cllr Kilcoyne pointed out that there are 35 to 40 businesses in Patrickswell with easy access in and out of both ends of the village.
Fine Gael councillor Dan McSweeney seconded the motion.
He took the view that Patrickswell has ample opportunity to grow over the coming years and deemed it important for Limerick City and County Council to support this.
“Patrickswell has a number of business ranging from B&B, petrol stations, deli counters and restaurants that serve passing trade and this trade provides significant economic benefit to businesses within. At present there is brown signage at both entrances to Patrickswell along the M20. This signage outline amenities available within the village and is targeted predominately at tourists,” Cllr McSweeney explained.
“While supporting this motion I would like to make it clear that I am not supporting the provision of a service area on the outskirts of the village further down the line as we have seen in other areas like Birdhill and Moneygall. They have had a detrimental impact on local businesses with significant job losses experienced in these villages,” he added.