It’s claimed the village of Newmarket-On-Fergus is “dying on it’s feet”.
Local residents have raised concerns after a second supermarket has closed in the past week, that a lack of investment in the area is leading to its rapid decline.
Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill reports:
Only a few decades ago, Newmarket-on-Fergus was a hub of activity, with as many as 16 shops operating locally.
But now the village, which is ideally located on the county’s commuter belt, is suffering a much different fate.
One of two Supermarkets closed last week and the main street, which once boasted six businesses now has none.
While work is progressing on replenishing housing stock in the area, some residents have complained that village is derelict.
Newmarket-on-Fergus resident John Quinlivan, who’s a board member of Obair, believes the entire area needs an urgent boost.
Geraldine Hansbury, who is a member of the board of Newmarket-on-Fergus Community Hall insists it’s vital that people shop local to ensure the viability of new and existing businesses and services.