Ballyshannon becomes bunker hill!
Despite suffering one of the worst November spells of arctic weather,a Donegal town is making determined efforts to ensure that its urban housing estates are well catered for further such outbreaks.
Ballyshannon Town Clerk Mary Daly confirmed to the Democrat/People's Press last Friday that within the next week fibreglass bunkers will be in situ in 13 designated housing estates around town.
This innovative project is the result of a motion by former town mayor Eugene Dolan which was unanimously passed at last Tuesday's Town Council meeting. The Roads Section of Donegal County Council have approved the project and agreed to regulalry fill the respective bunkers with grit,at each designated estate.
Mary said "the bunkers will be placed at a suitable site on each estate, shall be locked, the keys held by a person designated by that particular residents association. Quite a lot of community spirit is involved with this unique project, regarding maintenance,as all residents will have access to grit from these bunkers to ensure their areas are made safe for walking or driving."
Recently elected mayor of Ballyshannon Brendan Travers said,"The safety our community remains foremost,and even though a temporary thaw is now setting in, we should not be complacent, as further icy weather is predicted in the next weeks. While Donegal Co Council thoroughly caters for the streets of Ballyshannon, I am asking businesses to be responsible and assist in making the external footpaths outside the fronts of their premises safe for walking.These bunkers if correctly used should also ensure the safety of some of our community."
It is believed the heavy duty bunkers costing about 110 euro each,capable of holding half a tonne of grit,will be secured to a concrete base by bolts. Will be paid for out of Town Council funds which are annually allocated to community based projects such as grass cutting etc.
"At the end of the day it is for the benefit of people so that they can get about their daily business in these freezing conditions," he added.