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Call for development to revitalise village

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Anton McNulty
THE CONSTRUCTION of five houses in the townland of Cahernabrock, Shrule, which have been recommended for refusal by Mayo County Council, would provide an ideal opportunity to revitalise the village, according to Independent councillor, Harry Walsh.
Mr John McMyler, Senior Executive Planner with Mayo County Council, told a meeting of the Ballinrobe Electoral Area Committee they had recommended refusal for the construction of a cluster of five houses by John and Ina Petty. He said only permanent housing was accommodated in rural areas and the waste water treatment system which was proposed was not satisfactory.
Cllr Harry Walsh felt the development would be ideal for the area. He said the area was badly hit by depopulation and the proposed development would help revitalise the village.
“Everyone knows how empty the village of Cahernabrock is at the moment. There are eight to nine houses gone by the wayside and of the remainder only a bachelor lives there. It is a very sad village and I can’t see any better way to help revitalise the village,” explained Cllr Walsh.
Cllr Patsy O’Brien asked the Council to consider the development again and for the Council to consider a management plan for the maintenance and care-taking of the sewerage system.
“Cluster development is allowed in the County Development Plan and the development was turned down on environmental reasons,” said Cllr O’Brien.
Mr McMyler said there were a lot of issues ongoing with regard to maintenance of sewerage systems but he had not seen any report regarding the maintenance for this development. Mr Padraic Flanagan, a Senior Executive Officer with the Council, told the councillors they were looking at a system which would be in place for 30-40 years.
Cllr Damien Ryan asked if it was possible for four units to be built with each person responsible on a 25% basis for the responsibility of the communal treatment system. He also said that two of the applicants’ sons had housing needs and asked if the number of houses were decreased would there be a change in their position.
Mr McMyler replied that it was not a process of wheeling and dealing and all four of the directors would have to agree for the issue to be changed.