October 1996 saw the announcement of the Fermoy Chamber of Commerce sponsored Business Premises awards, where Mellerick’s Chemist on Patrick Street walking off with the overall award. O’Sullivan’s Pub on Patrick Street won the award category Business Premises New and Recently Altered, while The Old Railway Station (Neligan’s) took the award for Larger Commercial and Industrial Premises. Traders at Fitzgerald Place were adjudged to have the most attractive street/area in the town. Overall, judges were impressed ‘by some excellent lettering, bright harmonising colour schemes and recently freshened up premises with gleaming new paint work’. Main sponsors were Dairygold and Bank of Ireland.
Cork County Council were set to increase rates and service charges from Jamuary 1997, following the adoption of the county manager’s report at the budget estimates meeting of the Northern Division. Domestice water charges throughout the division would increase by £5 (£85 to £90), while business premises could expect to see a £10 increase in their annual bill (up to £130). ‘Premises with a water system’, being metered, would pay £1.85 per 1,000 gallons, an increase of 10 pence. Due to the increased costs involved in waste management and disposal, the domestic tag charge would rise by 15 pence to 90p.