Ballina councillors today approved a Part 8 Planning that gives the green light, with a condition, for the development of a 50 unit social housing development on a site to the rear of Rehins Woods housing estate on the Foxford road in the town.


The controversial development had come before councillors at the January meeting of the Municipal District but the decision on the Part 8 Planning was deferred on that occasion.


Today, after further debate, and in front of more than 30 people packed into the public gallery of the Ballina Municipal office, councillors agreed to approve the Part 8 but with a condition that a new access road be developed that would alleviate traffic congestion in the area.


Residents of Rehins Fort and neighbouring Childer's Height that attended today's meeting were not allowed, by regulations, to publicly address the council meeting.


The 6 elected councillors on Ballina Municipal District are now to seek a meeting with representatives of Hollister to discuss the construction of a new access road, on Hollister land, that would also assist the thousand or more employees of the company enter and exit their plant daily, onto the N26 Foxford road in Ballina.


Council management explained that such a road is estimated to cost half a million euro and said there is no funding available to provide it.


Nonetheless, elected councillors insisted they will meet with Hollister in an attempt to have a new access road developed.


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