Belmullet elderly housing plan gets go ahead after vote

A development consisting of three dwellings for elderly people and a commercial unit to be used by the St Vincent De Paul Society was given the go ahead at the October monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

The part eight report had previously been passed at the Belmullet Electoral Area committee meeting at the end of September, but had to get full approval at this week’s full council meeting. Sinn Féin councillor Rose Conway Walsh once again outlined her objections to the proposed development. She told the meeting that it was not the development itself that she had any problem with, but it was the location as she believes that it was the wrong place to put it. She told the meeting that it was on a very narrow street that already had a lot of traffic on it, with the civic centre, Garda station, and two schools using that road. She also asked that it be put on hold until a local area plan was completed for Belmullet. Cllr Conway Walsh got support for her position from her party colleague Cllr Gerry Murray to force a vote on the issue, which saw the Part 8 passed by 17 votes to three in the chamber.


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