Proposed work on the streetscape in the Co Sligo village of Easkey will not now go ahead, and the Clár funding will be returned.

That's the outcome of a public meeting held in the village yesterday afternoon, after a number of local residents had outlined concerns over the plans.

Sligo County Council and the Easkey Community Council had applied for, and received, Clár funding of almost €20,000 for the streetscape works, which included the installation of a pedestrian crossing beside the Post Office and widening the footpaths.

The works were due to commence today, as the funding had to be drawn down before Christmas.

However, some residents were unhappy that the plans were not available for public consultation, while 37 submissions objecting to the proposed works were submitted to Sligo County Council.

That's according to local Councillor Michael Clarke who raised the matter at a meeting last week of the Ballymote / Tubbercurry Municipal District.

A public meeting was convened for yesterday afternoon, which was attended by some 100 people.

Councillor Clarke, who chaired the meeting, says public consultation should have been carried out in advance of such works.

He told Midwest News that democracy has won out, and the streetscape works will not go ahead...

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