Updated: 23/11/17 : 05:50:37
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Sligo/Galway road hazard at school to be erased

A HAZARD of traffic outside a school backing up on the main N17 Sligo to Galway road may be no more.

The main plan is to knock the two storey disused parochial house in Curry. 

Frontage on a nearby field and the local national school would also be developed.

In addition to dealing with the traffic hazard, fifteen new parking space for teachers would be created.

The school’s play area would also be extended, the statutory appeals agency, Bord Pleanala, has heard.

A “looped traffic management zone” would be created, using a minor road off the N17, it was also told.

Nineteenth Century

Sligo County Council said ‘yes’ last April but John Gallagher of Eskragh, Tubbercurry then took his opposition to Pleanala.

Among other things he opposed the demolition of the 19th century parochial house which had, he said, “historical importance.”

However, its Inspector Colm McLoughlin recently recommended that the go-ahead for the idea be given to the school’s board of management.

In 2008 a plan for 20 houses in an adjacent field was turned down, his report noted, for a number of reasons.

Those reasons for refusal included “the possible loss or destruction of a protected habitat.”

Details of the Inspector’s 21 page evaluation after a visit to the area last August were published online last night, Wednesday. See link.

Link: http://www.pleanala.ie/lists/2017/decided/dec20171117.htm#Sligo