Wednesday 17 January 2018

All rosy in €100 garden as pensioners dig in on plots

Anita Guidera

CHRISTMAS came early yesterday for a group of elderly pensioners, who were finally given the go-ahead to purchase their own back gardens at a nominal cost.

Residents in the tiny seven-house Bell's Terrace, off Pearse Road, in the centre of Sligo, will have to pay just €100 for each tiny three square-metre plot transformed from wasteland.

But six weeks ago, they were left reeling when they were quoted €5,000 per plot by the Borough Council.

Local councillor and former mayor Jimmy McGarry, who has been working on behalf of the residents for 15 years, was shocked at the valuation.

"We are talking about a piece of ground that is completely landlocked and had been used for dumping. It is of absolutely no use to the Borough Council.

"But over the years these people created little back yards and planted flowers and shrubs. They created a right of way so services could be accessed from the back. It put an end to the dumping and the place was really smartened up. I was quite appalled with the valuation," he said.

But at a meeting on Monday night, councillors unanimously approved the transfer of the land for €100 per plot.

"They were over the moon although they were a little embarrassed with all the attention. All they ever wanted was to own their own tiny gardens," he said.

Irish Independent

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