Ballinamore Area Matters

The following matters were discussed at the Ballinamore Municipal Assembly meeting on July 27.

The following matters were discussed at the Ballinamore Municipal Assembly meeting on July 27.

Fracking

New Senior Planner Bernard Greene informed the Ballinamore Municipal Assembly that in the absence of overriding policy the position on fracking in Leitrim County Council is clear - it is banned as per the County Development Plan. He said they must wait the outcome of the SPA study and any national guideline.

White line

The continuous white line on the R280 beside Ardcolum Stores/Barna Waste Drumshanbo will be replaced following a request from Cllr Brendan Barry.

Cleaning Rivers

An estimate will be prepared for the cost of t cleaning Longstone River, which flows into the Shannon Erne Waterway. Cllr Caillian Ellis said it is causing flooding and requested works to be undertaken. The council said “work will be contingent on the availability of necessary funding.”

Roads repairs and signs

Councillor Paddy O’Rourke asked for urgent repairs to be carried out on a road in Tullyveacan in Ballinaglera, which is “in need of urgent repair and is serving a number of families and landowners in the area.” Cllr Martin Kenny asked for work to be carried at Derradda Ballinamore. Councillor Gerry Dolan requested work on a drain at Drumany Lake, Fenagh to be cleaned and piped. The council said works are subject to funding.

Cllr O’Rourke also requested a number of signs indicating road numbers of minor roads in Carrigallen be erected. The signs are due to be placed upon completion of the current season’s road surfacing programme.

Community Employment Scheme

Councillor Gerry Dolan called on the Council to make extra funding available to Drumshanbo, Ballinaglera and Dowra Community Employment Scheme to maintain the public green areas in those locations. He said “the work that is been done is of great benefit to villages, towns and tidy town committees. These schemes keep these areas visually attractive for tourists and without extra funding this good work cannot continue.”

The council says it supports various groups, but “financial assistance is generally provided to groups partaking in initiatives such as Tidy Towns, Floral Pride or Pride of Place. Funding is limited due to current financial constraints.”