What it Says in the Castlebar and Mayo Papers
compiled by Neasa McGarrigle
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Nov 21st 2001
The Mayo News
The Western People
|Slow progress at the Mall||Workers set to pay £20 per week to park on Castlebar streets||Agreement reached on Mayo breast cancer service|
|Major facelift for town's oldest estate||Huge response to "Operation Christmas Child" appeal||Mayo towns to host Special Olympics teams|
|Council staff in dispute over radical changes||Bus jammed under railway bridge||Castlebar rates and service charges set to rise|
A major £270,000 facelift is to be given to McHale Road and the work is due to start in March 2002. The work will include the removal of the traffic calmers and resurfacing of the road before new speed ramps are put in place. The footpaths will also be replaced and trees will be planted on both sides along the verges. A new drainage scheme is also to be installed in McHale Road.
There are chances of industrial action by Mayo County Council staff over a number of concerns. One of the chief concerns is that there has been a proposal to move over 100 staff from the Mayo County Council offices in Castlebar to offices in Ballinrobe, Westport, Belmullet, Swinford, Claremorris and Ballina. Talks are being held to try to resolve the issues that have caused concern.
The idea of new traffic by-laws has been approved by Castlebar UDC. This will introduce new parking charges in the town centre. Twenty solar-powered display parking ticket machines will be put in place and they will operate between 08:30 h and 18:30 h. The charges will be 20p for half an hour/40p per hour. This will mean charges of £4 per day for anyone working in that area. The public car parks, such as the Castle Street car park, will also charge for parking.
The "Operation Christmas Child" appeal is an annual appeal for Christmas gifts for children who have been affected by war, poverty or natural disasters. It is an international appeal but 56,000 boxes of presents have been collected in Ireland alone. Seven hundred of those boxes have come from Mayo.
Las Friday morning the 456 Westport to Galway got jammed under the railway bridge on the Ballinrobe road. The route was detoured due to road works but the issue was finally resolved by letting air out of the tyres to lower the bus sufficiently to allow it through.
After a protracted battle to get a breast cancer treatment centre, Mayo General Hospital has emerged the victor. Minister of State, Dr Tom Moffatt, TD, has just announced the decision to have a new breast cancer treatment centre located in Mayo General Hospital which will work in conjunction with the regional breast cancer unit in University College Hospital, Galway.
The Special Olympics are to be held in Ireland in 2003 and towns all over Ireland will host teams from all over the world in the lead-up to the event. This is the first time that the Special Olympics have ever been hosted outside America. Seven towns in Mayo have been chosen as host towns. Castlebar will host 160 delegates from Spanish-speaking Venezuela, Swinford will host the Chad delegates, Claremorris those from Tanzania, Ballinrobe and Clonbur will host the Algerian delegates, Kiltimagh will host the Puerto Rican delegates and Moy Valley will host the French delegates.
Mr Alec Fleming, Castlebar Town Manager, has announced that the rate in the pound will be increased by 7% in Castlebar this year to £58.35 compared to last year's £54.53. Domestic refuse charges are also set to rise by £20 to £160 because of the government landfill tax. Mr Fleming also commented that a lot of work needed to be done on different areas of the town such as the work being done on the Mall at present, and a clean-up of Castlebar river and riverside.