Cllr Stephen Stokes has welcomed the passing of the Wicklow County Council budget for the year ahead. It received unanimous support of all Councillors present.
There is to be no increase in commercial rates. Cllr Stokes stated: “Small and medium businesses have experienced unprecedented challenges in recent years. It is important to keep Wicklow open for business. I would use this opportunity to urge people to continue to shop local where possible, especially during the festive season.”
In addition recycling centre charges will not be brought in. Cllr Stephen Stokes added: “I’m particularly pleased to see that potential recycling centre charges have been dropped. From my experience of living in Manchester, when a Council reduces this type of service or brings in charges, it can lead to increased fly-tipping. I believe we need to encourage increased recycling centre usage. In the future I would like to see the Greystones Municipal District considered for a recycling facility.”
Cllr Stokes acknowledged the hard work of Wicklow County Council officials in preparing the accounts. Cllr Stokes said: “These are challenging economic times. Wicklow County Council staff have responded admirably in response to the Ukrainian situation, let alone all the other issues throughout the year.”