Yesterday, Monday 26th May 2014, saw the last meeting of Templemore Town Council. Templemore Town Commissioners was established on 19th October 1860 and became an Urban District Council in 1900, later simplified to Templemore Town Council in 2002. Councillor Martin Fogarty, the last Mayor of Templemore Town Council said that the Council had served the people of Templemore well since 1860 and he greatly regretted the decision to abolish the Council.
The council is being dissolved to make way for a new unified Tipperary County Council which will replace all of the local authorities in Tipperary, including also North and South Tipperary County Councils, Clonmel Borough Council and the town councils of Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Nenagh, Thurles and Tipperary town. The Tipperary Joint Library Service will also be merged into the new council.
The opportunity for change arises from Government decisions in 2011 and 2012 which see farreaching reforms of local government that include reducing the number of local authorities throughout the country.
Tipperary County Council will be established on 1st June next. Services will be managed from the civic offices in Clonmel and Nenagh. Local delivery will be from the five municipal district offices located in Clonmel, Nenagh, Carrick-on-Suir Thurles and Tipperary Town. The changes will make council services more efficient and bring about annual savings of €6 million.
Forty Councillors will be elected to Tipperary County Council at the Local Elections to be held on 23rd May. They will represent the Municipal District from which they are elected as well as being members of the full county council.
Frontline services, including street cleaning, public lighting, road works, etc., will continue to be delivered in all areas through the network of district offices and outdoor teams on the ground.
A customer services team has been set up as part of the arrangements for the new council. The team can be contacted from Monday 3rd June on a new countywide phone number 0761 06 5000 for the cost of a local call; they will also be available through email on email@example.com .
There will also be a new, more interactive website for the new council from early June. In the meantime, further information on the merger is available on www.southtipperarycoco.ieand www.tipperarynorth.ie