I have been watching main street for the past year and it seems to be a grim state of affairs. I am not from Tullamore and whilst i know this street and surrounding developments are reasonably new, i wonder why such a new street is called main street?
Its a depressing state of affairs, recently i see some one finally repaired Ireland's largest pot hole (a raised section of the road which had collapsed over a year ago), it was so bad, i noticed even the Gardai avoided it by driving up on the path. Then there are the businesses or should i say lack of them with so many closed down. I know we are in recession but the rate of business closures on this street is shocking. I also see the Hotel seems to have changed management companies, gone from being a Days Hotel to the Central Hotel, with all its new signage, one would have thought a lick of paint might not have gone a miss. KFC remains a mystery to me, i have rarely if ever seen anyone in it, seems the only business thriving is Lidl, even most of the office spaces are empty.
I decided start a thread after seeing the most disgraceful display of car clamping, two cars an Audi and Volvo 4X4 clamped last Wednesday, the street was pretty much deserted and i noticed the family with young children from the 4x4 struggling. Business is bad enough on this street without this carry on. In the past i have also seen this clamping shower photographing number plates on this street which i found to be questionable at best. Seems to me businesses on this street are being given a very raw deal and given the state of trading, surely free parking should be considered.
So, my question, am i missing something, should this street be renamed "Tumbleweed Avenue"
Its a real shame as this area is quite new, leading on to an excellent public park.