The following matters were discussed at the Ballinamore Municipal Assembly on July 27.
Ambulance response times
The most recent correspondence from the HSE in relation to ambulance response times to the Ballinamore region asked the members to bring the issue up with the Council for the West.
Cllr Martin Kenny who first asked for local response times said “they just keep pushing it away.” Cllr Kenny said a man recently had a heart attack in Cloone and it was an hour before the ambulance came. “It could cost someone’s life.” Cllr McCartin said they should insist on a meeting with Ambulance service to demand answers.
Death of traditional music
Chairperson of the assembly, John McCartin said he understood that Revenue have started to look for PPS numbers from musicians who play a gig in pubs. Cllr McCartin said many musicians will take a few euro and a pint as payment, and if the business or musicians are to be taxed by revenue it will be the “death of traditional Irish culture.”
Cllr Martin Kenny said that a development contribution on new builds of €4,700 is “too much”, especially after the owners have jumped through hoops to get planning permission in the first place. He asked how much was collected, Senior Planner Mr Greene said a lot of one off houses did not pay the contribution and council have to decide whether it is financially worth it to pursue them or cheaper to drop it.
No work has taken place to repair the roof on Ballinamore Court house despite “promises.”
Cllr Martin Kenny said “This work to water proof the building is vital to ensure it doesn’t fall into further dilapidation.” He said something was supposed to be done over the Summer. Cllr John McCartin said the council should “take all actions to enforce them to do the work, as it is a listed building.”