In a recent gathering that could potentially shape the future of Limerick’s streets, the Chamber of Commerce convened to address the pressing issue of improving the city’s cleaning and repair efforts. The meeting, marked by its influence and representativeness, saw the discussion coalesce around a common belief among its members: the quality of the stone used for the city’s streets lies at the heart of the problem.
Mr A. W. Shaw, J.P., President of the Chamber of Commerce, didn’t mince words when he described the material in question as black marble, so fragile that even the slightest impact reduces it to dust and subsequently transforms the streets into a muddy quagmire. The sentiment resonated strongly with attendees, who were keen on finding a lasting solution to this recurrent issue.
A ray of hope emerged in the form of “Number 4,” a macadamizing scheme proposed by Mr Nevins. This scheme, estimated at £5,500 per year for a duration of 15 years, garnered notable support within the chamber. Number 4 promises to provide a sustainable solution for maintaining and cleaning Limerick’s streets. Mr E. J. Long, S.C., emphasized that it was crucial for the Labor members to comprehend that the funds saved through this scheme could be redirected towards creating employment opportunities for significant city projects. It is hoped that this understanding might alleviate some of the complaints raised by Labor members.
The Chamber of Commerce’s involvement in this issue underscores its commitment to shaping the future of Limerick’s infrastructure. As the city grapples with the challenges of street cleaning and maintenance, the decisions made by the Chamber in this meeting are set to carry substantial weight in determining the path forward. As Limerick looks to the future, the decisions taken today may have a lasting impact on the city’s landscape.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Saturday 01 March 1902