20 January 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

“Yet again Ballybay has been left behind and totally forgotten about,” declared Councillor Seamus Coyle this week.

Councillor Coyle’s comments came at the January meeting of Ballybay-Clones Municipal District in response to the news that Ballybay will not have a new fire station until 2020 at the earliest.

Monaghan’s Acting Chief Fire Officer Sheila Broderick, who was present at the meeting on Monday, told councillors that a new fire station in Castleblayney had been given approval and would be prioritised ahead of Ballybay as it was scheduled for completion by 2019.

Ms Broderick said that a preliminary appraisal had been prepared for the proposed new fire station in Ballybay back in 2007. The existing station was 40 years old and its overall condition was suffering.

Inadequacies / problems with this building included unsuitable access and egress and the lack of a drill yard meant an external premises had to be used for this purpose. Other problems included inadequate car parking facilities and inadequate or inappropriate welfare facilities including the lack of a dedicated female toilet and shower facilities and no storage space, drying facilities or canteen.

In 2009, a preliminary design report and a Stage 1 outline cost plan …

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