Members of Bundoran Town Council discussed the following issues at their monthly meeting on Tuesday (more council news on page 20).
There was a very positive response to the Discover Bundoran stand at Holiday World in Belfast and Dublin, Tourism Officer Shane Smyth reported. “A lot of older people who have been here before but not for a few years said they were looking forward to coming back soon,” he said.
Cllr. Diarmaid Doherty asked whether the council should address the need to provide accommodation for motor homes. Mick McMahon, who attended Holiday World in Belfast said that was “a big thing nationally and internationally”. He added: “At the Kings Hall about half the space was taken up with motor vans. It’s something we need to get serious about.” Cllr. Sean McEniff proposed that caravan park owners meet with councillors to see what can be done to best cater for that sector of the market. Cllr. McMahon suggested that a representative of the motor home owner’s association also be invited to the meeting and this was agreed.
Town Clerk Joe McNulty told members that a budget of €90,000 for footpath improvements had been presented to the last meeting of the Donegal Electoral Area Committee. Bundoran’s budget is €20,000. “I can’t see €20k stretching very far but it’s a starting point,” he told the meeting. It was agreed that officials would seek some funding from the regional roads budget to use towards footpaths as a matter of urgency.
End of council
Cllr. Florence Doherty proposed that mayors of towns twinned with Bundoran be invited to this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations and the town council also enter a float in the parade, to mark the last year of the council’s existence. The motion was seconded by Cllr. Mick McMahon but Mayor Denise Connolly advised that it might be too late to organise something properly. She suggested a general invitation to visit this year instead.
Cllr. Eamon Barrett proposed that former council members and officials be invited to the last ever meeting of the council, which will take place on May 6. This motion was unanimously supported.
Cllr. Diarmaid Doherty proposed that, once the council is abolished, the library move to the council premises and the library be handed over to the community for use as a community hall. Members agreed that council assets should be used for the local community, although a number of practical concerns were raised.