Ballina Town Council is negotiating with an as-yet-unnamed multinational over what is believed to be a big development for the town. There is speculation in the town that any such development will take place in the Market Square area, where the local authority has a number of buildings fit for redevelopment and acquired
additional property by compulsory purchase order in the recent past.
The council had planned to develop a link road between Pearse Street and Market Road and make provision for additional parking in the area with some of the land.
It is understood the link road is now on hold pending an outcome from the discussions between the council and the multinational, although it is expected that any redevelopment in the area will include a new road.
Mr. Paddy Mahon, the Ballina town manager, told the council's annual budget meeting last Thursday he was 'very hopeful' of a significant planning application being lodged with the council this year.
Meanwhile, the provision of a public toilet in the town could be including in the development of a link road in the area. It is understood that the procurement officer for Mayo local authorities, Mr. John Maughan, is trying to identify the best value for the town in any such development.