Saturday 20 July 2019

Easkey public meeting to discuss decision making

Easkey village. Pic: Donal Hackett
Easkey village. Pic: Donal Hackett

A public meeting will take place in Easkey this evening (Tuesday, 15th) as members of the community are frustrated by what they call the lack of consultation from Easkey Community Council regarding decisions that affect the community.

A very positive public meeting was held in December, where Easkey Community Council met with members of the public who asked for more consultation about decisions that concerned the community.

Organisers of the meeting felt that a corner had been turned and that in future, the Community Council would consult more with the public when it came to development in the area. But mere days after that public meeting, construction work began in the community field, much to the surprise of locals living in the area.

An online petition has been set up to ask the Community Council to halt the building work until such a time as the community feels as though they have been fully consulted on the project.

It is not fully clear what the building will actually be used for, at first it was thought the building would be an art gallery of some description, but it now appears as though it is planned to use the building as a drying house for herbs.

It is not so much what the building will be used for that has frustrated locals, but more so the fact that locals were not informed about the work prior to it going ahead.

"It's stirred up a bit of frustration among people here in Easkey," said Richard Morrissey of Easkey Community forum.

"It has perturbed the community because they feel as though they haven't been consulted on this," he added.

At a meeting two weeks ago, the locals' concerns were outlined to the Community Council, and it was agreed that another meeting should take place.

The public meeting takes place this evening (Tuesday) in Easkey Community Centre from 8pm.

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