Coach park for Sligo a priority for 2015

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The provision of a new coach park in Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland is among the top priorities of the local authority for the city centre this year – according to the Sligo Champion.

€73,000 will be spent on repairs, refurbishment and coach parking under the 2015 City Centre Enhancement works. The council has dedicated €335,000 specifically to the city centre. In previous years, before Sligo Borough Council was abolished, a specific ‘Block Grant’ allocation was granted to the Borough by the Irish Department of Transport. However, since both the Borough and the County Council were merged last year, the Department has not made any specific allocation to the old Borough area. The town centre road improvements must instead be funded from the overall County allocation. To account for this, an allocation equivalent to the 2014 Block Grant has been allocated to the Sligo Urban area from the Councils Discretionary Grant and will be used to develop a similar programme of works for Sligo City Urban Roads.

Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady welcomed the move and said the coach park needed to be done as soon as possible: “We need something in the city centre where people can park and then come up and spend in the city. We need to prioritise it.”

Other projects for the city centre include paving and lighting in Wine Street, repairs and surfacing of Church Hill, engineering improvements at Caltragh Road and remedial works on Pirn Mill Road.