Municipal District Briefs

News from local authority meetings

Mulranny playground plans moving along

Plans for the new playground in Mulranny is moving along the elected members of the West Mayo Municipal District were told at their January meeting which took place this week. The councillors were informed that a site for the playground had been donated by a local family and that the design works had been completed on the project, which has gone to tender. The site will now be leased to Mulranny Community Futures who will then be able to for funding for the project and that will come before the members for approval at their next meeting.

Link road might be taken over in Ardagh

Mayo County Council is to investigate the possibility of taking over a private road without having to fund the €100,000 worth of works that would normally be required for it to take over such a road. Independent Cllr Seamus Weir raised the issue of the link road in Ardagh that links the N59 and the L11211. He told the January meeting of the Ballina Municipal District that he had only recently become aware that the road in question was not in public ownership and it would take about €100,000 to bring it up to the standard required by the council to normally take this over. Cllr Weir said it was a vital road that got heavy usage. Senior executive engineer for Mayo County Council, Teresa Durcan, told the meeting that the road in question was quite unique, that it was in the middle of a very busy network of roads and not in public control as it is strategic to the surrounding areas. She said she would see if the council might be able to be in a position to take over the road in these exceptional circumstances without having to fund the normal cost of upgrading it before taking it in charge.

Call for one-way system at popular Castlebar lake walk

Fine Gael Cllr Ger Deere has asked that a one way system be put in pace on the walk around Lough Lannagh in Castlebar. Cllr Deere said that he has received a number of representations from members of he public on the issue. He said: "They have asked if signs could be erected encouraging users to operate a one-way system when using the the walkway around the lake. Many people have also asked for cyclists to use their bells when approaching pedestrians. With the volume of pedestrians and cyclists now using the this facility, we want everyone to feel safe. I have asked Mayo County Council to consider this matter."

Council marks sudden death of young jockey

At the January meeting of the Ballina Municipal District last week, the elected members and council officials paid tribute to a young Crossmolina jockey who passed away suddenly in December - the late David Corcoran was a well known equestrian jockey. Cllr Seamus Weir proposed marking his passing and told the meeting that both his mother and aunt are employees of Mayo County Council. Cllr Michael Loftus told the meeting that David was a school friend of his son and was someone he had known all his life. The other councillors and officials joined in expressing their sympathy to his family.

Footpath realignment in Killala and loop walk for Mowgownagh

Two new projects funded under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme should be completed in the north Mayo area this year. At the January meeting of the Ballina Municipal District, senior executive engineer for Mayo County Council, Teresa Durcan, outlined to the members the details of the projects in Killala and Moygownagh. In Killala, 305 meters of footpath will be realigned between the Community Centre and Sea View terrace in the town, which is the second part of a five part regeneration project for Killala - thanks to €200,000 funding from the scheme, with the total cost of this leg coming in at €250,000. She also said that €80,000 had been secured under the scheme for the second phase of a loop walk in the village, with the work to be undertaken by Community Employment Scheme workers and local volunteers.


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