Feb

4

Yesterday evening (wednesday) – just before dark – I decided enough was enough. Went over to the airport road and took a few photos of the road surface after the recent cold weather. This photo does not really give full justice – on this section of about 250 metres – both wheel tracks had begun to disintegrate

Potholes on the Airport Road

Did someone see me take these photos or something? This evening – thursday – the potholes have been patched up. Certainly better than it was, but still no great shakes.

In fairness to the council workers – they have been doing much work of late in the Strandhill area; new pavements are being laid in a number of locations – in front of the school, a section leading to Strand Celtic as well as an estate just off the roundabout.

Thing is – it’s a poor as well as dangerous first first impression for any visitors.  Let’s hope resurfacing can happen soon.

Anyone else got any potholes of doom that are worth a mention? Have you rung the council or talked to local councillors about them?

May

13

For Political junkies – or probably more realistically – a disaffected and disgruntled electorate – OceanFM will be broadcasting a regional debate between candidates in the Strandhill area.

Broadcast is scheduled from 10am-11am on Tuesday, 2nd June.

More details on the rest of the schedule are on boards.ie (Scroll to Post #47)

Feb

24

Selected from the minutes of Sligo County Council ordinary meeting for December 2008 relating to the Strandhill area :

taking in charge

10. TAKING IN CHARGE OF OCEAN LINKS ESTATE, STRANDHILL;

Proposed by Councillor D. Healy McGowan
Seconded by Councillor T. McLoughlin

“To ask that Sligo County Council begin the process to Take in Charge the estate Ocean Links in Strandhill”.

In Response Mr J. Murphy SEO stated  the following;

This development consisting of 71 houses at Carrowbunnaun, Strandhill, Co. Sligo is practically completed with a small number of houses remaining to be finished.  There is considerable site works required to bring this development to a satisfactory standard where it can be considered for taking in charge.  The Council has initiated legal proceedings against the developer in respect of his failure to satisfactorily complete this development.  The case was adjourned on a number of occasions and was listed for further hearing at Sligo District Court on 27th November, 2008.  At the hearing, the Solicitor for the developer asked for the case to be adjourned as funds had now been made available to his client to complete the development (letter from Bank was given to the judge).  The solicitor for the Council opposed the adjournment and requested that the case be heard due to the concerns of the residents and the number of adjournments that had already been given.  The judge, however, granted the adjournment to the hearing of Sligo District Court on 12/02/09.  In granting the adjournment he advised the developer’s solicitor that he required a substantial amount of work to be completed by that time.  The matter will be kept under review.  It is therefore not proposed to begin the taking in charge process at this stage.

National School Road Safety

14. HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN OF STRANDHILL NATIONAL SCHOOL;

Proposed by Councillor D. Healy McGowan
Seconded by Councillor A. Higgins

“To ask the County Manager, what provisions do Sligo County Council intend to put in place for the health and safety of the children of Strandhill National School regards the access of the school”.

In Response Mr T.  Carroll SE stated the following;

This area is within a 50KM/H speed limit zone.  Two road ramps have been provided along the front of the school which slows down traffic in the area.  There is severe traffic congestion at the school during opening and closing times.  There appears to be no problem at other times.

A pick up / set down area at the school together with traffic management is required to facilitate school traffic.  Sligo County Council prepared designs for a pick up / set down area in front of the school and met the School Principal, Parents Associations Representatives and Councillors with a view to assisting them in solving the problem.

The provision of the pick up / set down facility is the responsibility of the school.  Sligo County Council has no funds at present to do any further works in the area.

Feb

20

Selected from the minutes of Sligo County Council ordinary meeting for November 2008 relating to the Strandhill area :

taking in charge

8. TAKING IN CHARGE OF WHITESIDE ESTATE, COLLOONEY AND KNOCKNAREA VIEW, STRANDHILL;

Proposed by Councillor T. McLoughlin
Seconded by Councillor J. Sherlock

AND AGREED

“That Sligo County Council Take in Charge “Knocknarea View, Strandhill, Co. Sligo”.

and

15. TAKE IN CHARGE THE ESTATE OCEAN LINKS, STRANDHILL;

This Item was deferred with the agreement of the meeting.

health and safety issues Strandhill National School

21.  HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE CHILDERN AT STRANDHILL NATIONAL SCHOOL;

This Item was deferred with the agreement of the meeting.

Feb

12

Selected from the minutes of Sligo County Council ordinary meeting for October 2008 relating to the Strandhill area :

16. STRANDHILL PARKING PLACES BYE-LAWS;

Proposed by Councillor T. McLoughlin
Seconded by Councillor S. MacManus

“To ask the County Manager to ensure that no parking charges will be applied under the proposed Strandhill Parking Places Bye-Laws”.

Mr T. Kilfeather, DOS informed the meeting that it had been agreed at the September Council meeting that no decision would be made on the Strandhill Parking Places Bye-Laws pending further consultations with interested groups.

taking in charge

18.  TAKE IN CHARGE THE ESTATE OCEAN LINKS, STRANDHILL;

This Item was deferred with the agreement of the meeting.

speed ramps

20. SPEED RAMPS ON SHORE ROAD, STRANDHILL;

Proposed by Councillor S. MacManus
Seconded by Councillor D. Bree

“That Sligo County Council provide speed ramps as necessary to the Shore Road, Strandhill, on the approach to the Promenade car-park in the interest of pedestrian safety and that all other road safety works are also carried out at this location to discourage speeding”.

In Response Mr T. Carroll SE stated the following;

This project can be considered in context of 2009 Roadwork’s Programme when being considered at local area electoral meeting in February 2009.

public toilets – not sure who is wasting time here; either the councillors who presumably already  know that “public toilets” have been notionally available at the sea front for the last 9 years or so and are this mischief making, or council powers that be – that deem it unimportant to ensure that signage makes the public aware of this fact….this is silly buggers stuff.

42. PUBLIC TOILETS IN STRANHILL;

Proposed by Councillor I. Henry
Seconded by Councillor D. Bree

“To ask this Council have they plans in place for public toilets in Strandhill”.

In Response Mr T. Carroll SE stated the following;

The toilets in the maritime centre are public toilets.  At the time the maritime centre was built in Strandhill, a decision was made, and agreed by the County Council and the Community Development Association that the public toilets would be demolished in the public car park and provided instead, downstairs in the maritime centre.  It was agreed that improved signage would be provided.

Dec

12

Selected from the minutes of Sligo County Council ordinary meeting for September 2008 relating to the Strandhill area :

18. CARK PARKING AT STRANDHILL;

Proposed by Councillor D. Healy McGowan
Seconded by Councillor A. Higgins

“That the proposed charging on car parking at Strandhill under the proposed Bye-Laws be abolished”.

26. STRANDHILL PARKING BYE LAWS 2008;

Proposed by Councillor D. Bree
Seconded by Councillor S. MacManus

“That Bye-Laws 4,5,6,7 and 8 be deleted from the Draft ‘Strandhill Parking Bye-Laws 2008”.

29. PARKING PLACE DRAFT BYE LAWS 2008;

Proposed by Councillor S. MacManus
Seconded by Councillor D. Bree

“That Sligo Co. Council defers taking any decision on any part of the proposed Parking Places Draft Bye-Laws 2008 in relation to Strandhill until such time as local organisations bring forward possible proposals on how to address the issue of camper vans parking in the car park at the promenade in Strandhill and other matters pertaining to community use of the car park.  The proposal to charge for parking in the car parks at Strandhill will be removed from any future bye-laws which may be adopted.”

In Response Mr T. Kilfeather DOS asked that any further decision on the Strandhill parking bye laws be deferred until further consultation has taken place.

Following a discussion it was;

Proposed by Councillor D. Bree
Seconded by Councillor M. Gormely

AND AGREED

“That this Council accepts Mr Tom Kilfeather’s recommendation and report to defer taking any decision on the Strandhill parking bye laws pending further consultation”.

Proposed by Councillor J. Leonard
Seconded by Councillor P. Barry

AND AGREED

“That the Council of Sligo Parking Place Bye Laws 2008 (Rossespoint, Mullaghmore) be adopted pursuant to section 36 of the road traffic act, 1994”.

Proposed by Councillor D. Healy McGowan
Seconded by Councillor A. Higgins

AND AGREED

“To defer a decision on the Bye-Laws for Strandhill pending further consultation with the community “.

..and discussion around playground…

20. PLAYGROUND FOR STRANDHILL VILLAGE;

Proposed by Councillor D. Healy McGowan
Seconded by Councillor S. MacManus

“To ask the County Manager; that this Council seek to provide a playground for Strandhill village”.

In Response Mr M. Carty SEE stated the following;

“Sligo County Council is in dialogue with the Strandhill/Coolera Sports and Community Development Group to achieve dedicated facilities for the area.  Playground facilities can be considered as part of the proposal.  Currently no Council funding has been allocated for such a facility”.

Ms R. McNulty, DOS stated that grants were no longer available for the provision of playgrounds and that local action would be helpful in relation to the provision of a site.

Nov

13

Well done Sligo Borough Council for introducing this sytem – it’s a pity it cannot be a short code though!

By texting 087 7850566 – you can directly contact the traffic warden to report driver silliness and stupidity when it comes to vehicles illegally parked in Disabled Parking Spaces, Bus Areas or designated Trading Areas, or other obstructions on town footpaths.

See full details at the Council Web site

Sep

4

Summer Hiatus and all of that – we’ve been pretty quiet over the last few months.

So easing back into it – here is the only minuted item from the last ordinary meeting of the county council back in June – relating to Strandhill – back in June.

21. REPORT ON THE ROADWORKS SCHEME IN STRANDHILL;

Proposed by Councillor T. McLoughlin
Seconded by Councillor I. Henry

“To request a report on the Roadworks scheme in Strandhill, including Urgent works on the Upper Road and the upgrading of footpaths from the church to the promenade”.

In Response Mr T. Carroll SE stated the following;

A sum of €88,400 has been provided in estimates 2008 towards the upgrade of Buenos Aires Drive (L-3505) under Road Restoration Programme. A sum of €45,500 has also been provided towards the continued upgrade of footpath network on Top Road R292 in 2008. Repairs where required will be undertaken to footpaths from Church to Promenade.

Interestingly, no mention at all of proposed bye-law for “parking charges”. I would have naively thought that given this first hit the papers in early July – a knowledge of the issue would have been known at the time?

Can anyone out there educate readers on the the mechanism by which bye-laws are actually conceived, deliberated, discussed and agreed? I’ve had a brief look at the council website – it may be buried in there somewhere, but nothing obvious…

Feb

2

The closing date for applications for funding from the Sligo County Council Art Grants is 15th February.

The Sligo Arts eBulletin for February (download here) lists a range of ‘Calls for Applications’ for grants and bursary opportunities from the Sligo Arts Department, The Arts Council and others, that are relevant for individual artists as well as groups.

More info at www.sligoarts.ie.

Apr

27

The following extract is taken from CSO figures published on 26th April 2007, from this file.

Strandhill, Co Sligo – Census Figures

2002 Census : 1,002 persons
2006 Census : 1,413 persons (686 male, 727 female)

Population Increase 2002-2006 : 411 (actual) or 41%

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