|The Mill, Ballisodare, Sligo. 2011.|
I took another look around the Avena Mills development this morning with photographer Val Robus. This may well be our last chance to visit the derelict and vandalised development. Sligo County Council is planning to secure the apartment complex.
|View from the roof|
To recap on the history of the Mill, it was built in 2007 along the banks of the Garavogue River in Ballisodare. None of the apartments sold. Though they were victims of the financial collapse, the apartments were also badly built. There is evidence of damp and flooding all over the complex.
Since then the complex has been vandalised and ransacked for anything of any worth. This devils playground is open for anybody to walk into and is unsafe.
|Apartments with Brochure|
Sligo Co. Co. have erected a planning permission sign outside proposing to secure the site. The sign states that the Avena Mills at Ballisodare, Sligo is 'a dangerous place... and being further of the opinion that it is necessary in the interests of the safety of the public... to enter into the lands to carry out the following works.'
The works proposed are to erect security fencing, board up all windows, sweep up broken glass, provide handrails and signage, isolate ESB and public lighting and isolate water services.
The proposed cost of this work is E17,850. Sligo Co. Co. will carry out this work and then try and re-coup the costs from the developer of Avena Mills.
It is ironic that damage caused by the public will most likely end up being paid for by the public.
What will happen to the Mills after it is boarded up? Will it be secured and then ignored?
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