Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has thanked fellow councillors for giving their unanimous backing to the new Casual Trading Byelaws that he helped to draft. The new regulations were formally adopted at the February meeting of Waterford City and County Council.
“As a member of the Economic Development and Enterprise Committee I am grateful for the unanimous support of the Council for these new and improved byelaws.
“I want to thank the council officials that oversaw a very well subscribed public consultation process, and who help us draft the byelaws at committee level.
“I believe they achieve a level of balance between city and county, between urban and rural, and between the toe and scale of trading areas on offer. There is also a healthy balance between the creation of a number of new trading areas and the retention of some long established ones.
“The byelaws allow for a trading area at Durrow Train Station on the Greenway, which will include much needed toilet facilities, as well as a brand new pitch at Ceann Heilbhic in the Waterford Gaeltacht. I am also particularly excited about the new farmers market in Tallow, and the potential to develop a similar offering at the train station in Kilmacthomas.
“I am also happy that the proposals that I have made regarding environmentally-friendly packaging, and the submissions made regarding single-use plastics, also made their way into the new byelaws. Its important that the Council supports a move away from non-compostable or non-recycling packaging.”