Friday, March 26, 2021

Mayo County Council is to investigate the feasibility of developing an urban green space on the roof of Ballina Arts Centre.

The initiative was proposed by way of a joint notice of motion tabled by Cllrs Annie May Reape and Mark Duffy at the March Ballina Municipal District meeting.

The councillors are members of the arts centre’s board of directors whose chairperson Ray Collins had come up with the idea for the rooftop garden.

The council is to consider whether a garden could be planted on a low roof to the front of the building.

Cllrs Reape and Duffy noted in the motion that such an initiative would enhance the biodiversity of the arts centre and the Barrett St area.

The roof in question is a flat one to the front of the building, Cllr Duffy explained, urging that the council’s parks superintendent, Peter Gill, would engage with Mr Collins to further investigate the proposal.

Cllr Reape said the proposal should be further explored, adding that she would be interested to hear Mr Gill’s opinions.

Ballina Municipal District cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus Weir spoke in support of the motion, saying it was a “no-brainer”.

Cllr Duffy paid tribute to Mr Collins and his board for their leadership in the operation and development of Ballina Arts Centre and extended best wishes to the board’s new chairperson, Padraig Moore.

While an initial report on the proposal from council officials was not very positive, Cllrs Duffy and Reape were advised that the matter will be given further consideration in consultation with Peter Gill to explore the different scenarios of cultivation that might be pursued.

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