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Councillor Michael Loftus has asked for a joint policing forum to be set up for the Ballina Municipal District. He told the April meeting of the district that following on from a recent countywide Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting, he wanted to see a forum set up similar to that used to exist before the abolition of town councils, when Ballina Town Council had its own JPC - which then fed into a countywide JPC.
It is imperative to the connectivity of Ballina to other major towns in the county - that the N26 from Mount Falcon to Foxford and then on to Ballyvary to join up with the new N5 Castlebar to Westport - gets put back on the agenda - a number of councillors said this week.
Park and playground wardens motion carried
A city residents group, which is spearheading a plan to build a community centre in their area but are awaiting Government funding, will meet with the Minister for Housing later this month in a bid to speed up the process.
There was a major boost for Westport announced today, with €8,279,000 in funding announced for a new co-located Municipal District Library along with long term facilities/hub for community groups at Altamount Street in the town.
A land swap and sale deal between Mayo County Council and Inishoo Management Limited that was passed at the April meeting of the local authority, has been objected to by a Westport-based councillor.
Fine Gael councillor Jarlath Munnelly has asked Mayo County Council to consider putting a bundle of its roadworks projects out for tender, to ensure they are completed this year. Speaking at Mayo County Council’s April meeting this week, Cllr Munnelly said: “We will be under pressure in what is a very large roads project this year to get them all finished, it is April now and everybody knows with Covid we have been set back. I think the county council has to make a serious effort to get this done.
Fianna Fáil councillor Damien Ryan has called for more returns to be seen on the roads from the velocity patchers owned by Mayo County Council. The Ballinrobe-based councillor welcomed the news that Mayo County Council was in the process of finalising the purchase of a fourth velocity patcher for the county - but he told the April meeting of the council, 'we should be seeing more return from those machines on the road'.
Ballinrobe-based Fine Gael councillor, Cllr Michael Burke, has called on Mayo County Council to write to the government over what he feels is 'an unfair Covid grant scheme for businesses which is not allowing some small business to apply for assistance'.
Fine Gael Westport-based councillor, Cllr Peter Flynn, has requested that a housing strategy be placed as an item on the agenda of the May meeting of Mayo County Council.