Over thirty retailers from Arklow have joined the campaign to end the controversial trial of a one-way system on the town’s main street.
Traders located on the Main Street and Wexford Road have backed calls from community group Save Our Street Action Group to abolish the one-way system and have agreed to make copies of a petition available in their businesses for people to sign.
A door-to-door petition has already secured more than 2,000 signatures to date.
Traders gathered in John Joe’s pub on Monday night to discuss the impact the new one-way system and many agreed it was having a negative effect on their business.
Some business owners reported losses in excess of 50% since the November 12 introduction of the one-way system while all in attendance were highly critical of the abrupt drop in both passing trade and footfall.
“This just simply cannot continue, it is unsustainable. I am watching my business going down the drain and into a polluted River Avoca,” claimed one owner, who then added, “I feel responsible for our staff and I am going to have to make a very big decision in the next week or so, whether to let the staff go now, or wait till I close the door for good.”
Councillor Tommy Annesley, who runs his own business on the street, attended the meeting and said he would call for an extraordinary general meeting of the town council.
The Upper Main Street and Wexford Road traders are calling on Arklow Town Council, who meet this coming Friday morning, to immediately end the one-way system.
Wicklow TD Simon Harris also attended the meeting and promised to bring the matter to the attention of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.