Con­naughton Road car park should be made into Trav­eller ac­com­mo­da­tion

The Sligo Champion - - OPINION -

Madam Ed­i­tor,

Some of the fam­i­lies at Con­naughton Road are there for thirty years and do not want to move. They have grand­chil­dren and even great grand­chil­dren liv­ing on the site now.

Some of these younger gen­er­a­tions would like to move on but not into an Es­tate house, on their own, in the mid­dle of a block be­cause that won’t work; the neigh­bours don’t want them and the Trav­eller fam­i­lies know that they are not wel­come.

Each side is ner­vous of the other.

There are not half enough houses avail­able for the num­ber of peo­ple on the hous­ing list for many years, so why boot out all the peo­ple who are cur­rently happy enough try­ing to live at Con­naughton Road, just to ap­pease the few dressed up

bul­lies who can only see the few park­ing spa­ces which could be de­vel­oped into high rise dwellings, and which no one else wants.

Of­fer­ing a house to a so called set­tled fam­ily of four per­sons, start­ing out on life is not the same as driv­ing a colony of set­tled Trav­ellers, six fam­i­lies, up to 60 per­sons , men women and chil­dren en masse, in­clud­ing adults, teenagers, and ba­bies, off the few Square Yards oc­cu­pied by them for thirty years, down the road to God Knows Where? Some field some­where ?

Sligo should de­velop the site at Con­naughton Road into a State of the Art site for the fam­i­lies who wish to con­tinue liv­ing there and show the world what Sligo can do for Trav­ellers.

Con­naughton Road might be in World Media but it is still only a small area, well tucked in by the Trav­ellers for safety, pri­vacy, con­ve­nience to the hospi­tal, churches and shops, but is still only a small site used only by the Trav­eller’s for thirty years. A mas­sive Car Park has been pro­vided at the same site.

Any Coach Driver wor­thy of the name, will know where to Park in Sligo.

They have Satel­lite Nav­i­ga­tors in their ve­hi­cle’s and on their phones.

There are al­ways plenty of park­ing spa­ces at Con­naughton Road Car Park, and it is up to Sligo County Coun­cil to de­velop a Coach Park­ing Area. At Ade­laide Street Car Park for ex­am­ple.

Yours faith­fully,

Mary-Kelly-White, Col­looney

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