Minutes of Killybegs Community Council Nov 13th 2013

A report was given on meeting re reduction of rates on commercial businesses held in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey.
Fintra bridge – Planning permission for Fintra bridge has been brought forward from Jan but the source of funding which was to be used has been discontinued since the budget but, hopefully it will be replaced by something similar. On inspection the walls of the bridge are not in good shape but the bridge itself is structurally sound
Trees at Fintra bridge – The trees obstructing the view of traffic at Fintra bridge are to be cut, but those on private property cannot be cut by the Co Council.
Bridging loan for Play Park – The bridging loan, costing €2,500 in interest, was necessary as contractor had to be paid prior to receiving the funding. An extension has been granted for finishing time to 28th Feb. 2014.
Sail West meeting – Several members attended the Sail West presentation by Frank McGrogan in Tara Hotel.
Small craft harbour – The proposed craft harbour will have 63 berths, with locals taking up 40 of these. Work is to be done in stages, and first stage to be commenced before end of the year.
Killybegs Hospital – Members gave an account of a meeting with representative of the HSE re transferring of patients from Donegal hospital to Killybegs community hospital, therefore reducing the beds available for respite, convalescing, palliative care etc for people in Killybegs Community Hospital catchment area. It was intended to have long stay patients in an area separate from those in for respite, convalescing etc. HSE members were also made aware of the hugely reduced hours in the Physio and Xray departments. The meeting was informed that the physio appointed to Killybegs has not taken up the position and the job is to be advertised again. They were to follow up the problem of physio hrs as they weren’t aware of how big the problem was. Public meeting to be arranged as soon as possible.
Sliabh Liag – A letter was received enquiring if Killybegs Comm Co would be interested in becoming a member of Sliabh Liag Community Co for a fee of €1. They have received a substantial sum of money to create a Comm Co to develop and promote south west Donegal peninsula. The meeting agreed that Killybegs Community Council become a member of the Sliabh Liag Comm Company
Fundraising Event – The Late Late show was being organised to get funding for interest on bridging loan and public liability insurance on Play Park and for Christmas lighting. Members volunteered to sell tickets at Super Valu and after Masses. The organising committee has the programme well organised.
FAS CE scheme – Fas are to be informed of any new projects the Community Council would wish to have carried out from July 2014 onwards.

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