The members of Bundoran Town council have agreed to provide electricity and water at the sea front car park to facilitate festivals, concerts and other activities in the town.
Independent Cllr. Diarmaid Doherty had proposed the move at a prior meeting and Town Engineer Liam Murray was reporting back to this month’s meeting with costings.
Mr Murray said the estimated cost for installing 3 phase electricity, a secure unit and water at the site is €6,000. He noted that the main user of the site is the Sea Sessions, which is currently operating at capacity audience level for the site. “If they ever decide to move somewhere else, this is something that we should consider,” he cautioned.
Cllrs. Sean McEniff, Philip McGlynn, Elizabeth McIntrye and Eamon Barrett all agreed that the facilities should be provided.
Cllr. Florence Doherty said that, while she was in general agreement with the idea, she felt that “we should be providing at least one block of public toilets year round as well.”
Cllr. Sean McCarty said it would be great to have the facilities but didn’t want the council to be providing them “just for the Sea Sessions”. He asked whether the council received any payment for use of the site and said some rental should be charged.
Cllr. Diarmaid Doherty commented: “I presume all these would be metred and there would be a cost per unit. Last year or the year before there were generators running all night which were noisy and there weere water hoses running across the road, which was a safety issue.” He also asked how many power points would be provided.
Mr Murray said he had costed for one main point each for power and water, and that there would be a meter reading taken at the start of someone using the site and again at the end, and a payment per unit agreed with the event organisers.
Cllr. Doherty asked whether it would be possible to put in up to three power points at the site and Mr Murray said his costing was based on ESB techncial advice. Cllr. Barrett noted that there would be “a huge difference in the standing charge” depending on the level of supply, eg 18kva or more.
“We should be welcoming the Sea Session to this town,” Cllr. McIntyre said. “The amount they bring into this town is unreal, so many other towns would love to have it. We shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth by looking for rent.”
Cllr. Florence Doherty asked: “Is it our policy to give site free of charge to anybody and everybody, once they pay for the electricity and water?” The overall consensus was that this would be the policy.