Farmers’ market to get a trial run

LISTOWEL is to have a weekly farmers’ market for a six-month trial period.

Traders had voiced concerns about the effects of a market on their business, but agreement on a temporary arrangement has been reached.

Home-grown produce is to be sold in the market, to be located in the town’s plaza, some distance from the town centre.

Initially, the farmers’ market group had sought to hold the market in the centrally-located town square.

Listowel town councillors have unanimously supported such a market, but some raised concerns about its possible effects on ratepayers. The location of the market has also concerned Listowel Chamber of Commerce for a number of months.

But a meeting between Listowel Town Council management and board members of North Kerry Together came up with a compromise.

Meanwhile, efforts are continuing to find a solution to an impasse between Killarney Town Council and street traders operating at Market Cross.

Killarney mayor Sheila Casey said the council had received complaints about trading in the area, including obstruction of pedestrians with people having to walk off the footpaths with children and buggies.

The council is designating a casual trading area at Market Cross and those wishing to trade there will have to get permits.

Draft casual trading by-laws have gone on public display and submissions can be made to the council in writing until October 10.

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