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Westport Chamber of Commerce has launched its new Shop ‘n Spraoi na Nollag website www.westportmarket.ie in an all out effort to attract visitors to the town for the authentic Irish Christmas market from December 11 to 13.
The Government’s 2010 Budget will be presented by the Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan TD on Wednesday, December 9. In response to this, BNI Atlantic Chapter in association with Westport Lions Club will host a breakfast briefing that will outline the key issues arising from this Budget.
Westport hotelier Michael Lennon has joined the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) in calling for local authorities throughout the country urgently to exercise their powers to establish emergency waiver schemes in respect of local authority rates payable by the seriously wounded hotel and guesthouse sector.
The results of stage one of the Smarter Travel Town competition were announced on Monday by the National Sustainable Travel Office.
The ninth and final race of the Vodafone C&C Cellular Mayo Road Race League takes place in Westport on Sunday December 27. It looks like being an exciting finale to another successful race series. Ninety eight men and 112 women athletes have won points in the eight races so far. The 2009 Race League has proved an excellent testing ground for the Fit4Life members who started their programme back in February. They have been training weekly at the five group sessions organised by clubs in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership. The Westport 5k will include a Fit4Life team challenge among the five groups.
It is a great pleasure for me as Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council on behalf of the elected members of the council to wish everyone in Westport and Mayo a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. I would also like to extend a special welcome to all those originally from Mayo who have come back to visit their families over the Christmas period and to say welcome home.
Town manager of Westport Peter Hynes has recommended in his Manager’s Report and draft budget for 2010 that members of Westport Town Council adopt a proposal for a a reduction in the rates on commercial and industrial property, setting it at 66.42, a reduction of 0.08 on the current rate of 66.50.
Unemployment is rising at an alarming rate in Westport where there are now 1,768 on the live register. The scenic town saw the largest percentage growth in unemployment in the county last month. The December figures show there has been a hike of 9.1 per cent or 147 on the November returns for Westport, and the situation has been described as “very worrying” by Dáil Deputy and Fine Gael spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs, Michael Ring.
Westport Town Council has struck a rate of 64.84, which makes it the lowest rate multiplier in the county. This rate was agreed at a budget meeting on Thursday night where councillors proposed a 2.5 per cent reduction on rates in the town. This, according to the Cathaoirleach of the town, Councillor Myles Staunton, sends out the message that “Westport is open for business”.
A local fundraising campaign in Westport to raise money for the Westport Town Hall is progressing well, with the project expected to go to tender in spring of this year.