Sligo Local Authorites News Digest May 2007
LAUNCH OF HERITAGE PLAN
The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Jimmy McGarry formally launched the ‘County Sligo Heritage Plan 2007-2011’ in County Hall. The Cathaoirleach was joined by guest speaker Tommie Gorman, members of the County Sligo Heritage Forum, Heritage Groups from around the county, and elected members and staff of the Sligo Local Authorities.
The publication represents a five year ‘work plan’ which identifies realistic and achievable actions, and seeks to co-ordinate heritage activity within the county to deliver benefits for Sligo’s heritage. The Sligo Heritage Forum, Sligo County Council and the Heritage Council are key partners in the delivery of the plan. Each year a detailed work programme will be drawn up from the actions in the plan.
NEW PREMISES FOR SLIGO MOTOR TAX
The Sligo Motor Taxation office has moved to new premises at Cleveragh Retail Park (above the SIPTU building). There is ample parking at the new location, and motorists can also access the various services on-line.
CONTRACT SIGNED FOR NEW PARKING METERS
As part of its commitment to improve the management of the parking environment and to provide a more efficient service to motorists, Sligo Borough Council is to replace the existing Disc Parking system with a more efficient Pay and Display Parking Meter System. In early July a total of 70 meters will be installed throughout the city at designated locations and the new meters are designed to accept credit cards, sterling and euro coins. Parking can also be paid for by mobile phone.
The Disc Parking System and the Pay and Display Parking Meter System will operate side by side until such time as stocks of Parking Discs have been used up by retailers and motorists.
All Pay and Display Parking Meters in the car park will be installed at the daily or hourly rate of charge. In order to facilitate the motorist who is short of change, payment can also be made by mobile phone. Instructions are easy to follow, and the cost of this transaction is the same as a standard text message.
Sligo Borough Council expressed its gratitude to all retailers who supported the Disc Parking System for the past number of years and who provided an invaluable service to the people of Sligo and to motorists visiting the city.
EXTENDED OPENING HOURS SLIGO LIBRARY
Sligo Central Library, Stephen St, has extended its opening hours to include late openings on Thursdays until 8.00pm. The late opening was officially launched by the Cathaoirleach Councillor Jimmy McGarry on 3rd May, and has been welcomed by the Library’s many appreciative customers.
EASTERN GARVOGE RIVER BRIDGE
A proposal to develop an Eastern Garvoge River Bridge has been included in Sligo Borough Plans since the 1980’s. The development is intended to join communities North and South of the Garvoge River, improve access to and from eastern areas of Sligo City, and improve circulation of traffic.
A public display on this major project is currently underway, and maps and preliminary design documents are available in the offices of Sligo County Council and Sligo Borough Council. Two public consultation evenings are being held in the Model Arts and Niland Gallery on Tuesday 14th May, and the Abbeyquarter Centre on Wednesday 16th May.
The closing dates for submissions on the proposal is 4.00pm on Wednesday 23rd May 2007