councillor Christy Hyland

  • Friday 25th January is the closing date for residents associations, burial ground committees, Tidy Towns committees, festivals and other community clubs and organisations to apply to Mayo County Council for funding under the GMA - General Municipal Allocation.

    Each of the four municipal districts in Mayo has funding set aside under the GMA, and the council is now advising that applications for GMA funding are open until the 25th January.

    West Mayo Independent Councillor Christy Hyland is urging groups to apply for the funding before that date....

  • We need a referendum to change the bail laws of this country, according to Westport based Independent councillor Christy Hyland.

    He made the call at a recent county Joint Policing Committee meeting, stating that at present up to 2,000 crimes per month in the country are committed by people out on bail.

    The councillor told Midwest News today that the present bail laws are serving the criminals well, as distinct from the people that they are suppose to be protecting.

  • Today marked the first day of the new on-street parking charges in Westport.

    Up to now, parking was free but restricted on the streets of the town, while there were charges in the town's car parks.

    From today on, motorists will have to purchase parking discs to park in both the Pink and Blue zones in Westport town, to ensure a regular turnover of parking spaces.

    In addition, drivers with a disabled sticker, who cannot find a disabled bay in which to park, can park free on the streets or in the carparks.

    Westport is one of very few towns in Ireland offering this service to disabled drivers, according to Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland.

    Councillor Hyland says the new parking arrangements will be reviewed in 6 months time, and amendments can then be made if needed.

     

  • A Westport Councillor claims the process of getting grant aid to fund local CCTV systems is too complicated, and is leading to a poor take-up of the grants available.

    The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of Mayo County Council, where councillors were informed that a grant of 60% of the capital cost of a CCTV system is available, up to a maxaimum grant of €40,000 - but the take-up of the scheme is in single figures.

    Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland says there are a number of hoops to jump through, before qualifying for this grant.

    Councillor Hyland says the CCTV system in Westport has now been completed, at a cost of €70,000.

    He told Midwest News that the final phase of the scheme is now completed, with 18 cameras in 7 locations throughout the town, which is proving very useful for local Gardai....

  • After years insisting it would never happen, councillors in West Mayo yesterday voted to introduce on-street car parking charges in Westport

    The decision was carried by five votes to two. Former Westport town councillors Brendan Mulroy and Erris based Teresa Whelan voted against the introduction of charges.

    The first hour of parking on the streets of Westport will now be free, but after that, motorists will have to buy a parking disc in local shops.

    The controversial issue of parking charges was back on the agenda for yesterday's monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, which was held in Belmullet.

    In June, councillors in West Mayo voted against the recommendation of Mayo County Council officials to introduce on-street parking charges in Westport.

    This led to an extensive delay in paying out what’s termed the GMA funding - general municipal allocation - for local community groups and organisations right across the county.

    Municipal authorities in Ballina, Castlebar and Claremorris  agreed to secure additional funding in carparking charges in their areas to meet GMA demands, but West Mayo refused to do the same until yesterday.

    Then at yesterday’s meeting Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland - who had vehemently objected to on-street parking charges in the past - tabled a motion proposing parking charges, and the motion was carried.

    Councillor Hyland initially argued he had not done a U-turn, but later admitted that it”may be”, but said the current situation could not continue and he had no choice.

    After the meeting, Councillor Hyland told Midwest Newswhy he had tabled the  motion.

  • The day of putting up election posters is over, as there are other ways for candidates to carry out their election campaign - that's according to Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland, who has given a commitment not to erect posters ahead of next May's local elections.

    At this week's meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, Councillor Hyland proposed that no posters be put up by candidates for next year's elections, and his proposal was seconded by Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy.

    At present, there is an agreement not to put up posters in the town of Westport, but Councillor Hyland believes they should not be erected anywhere in the West Mayo Municipal area.....

  • Mayo County Council has confirmed that work will start shortly on safety improvement measures close to Corrib Oil on the N5 Westport-Castlebar road.

     A number of serious collisions have occurred at this location, and Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has been campaiging, for some time, to have traffic calming measures installed.

    Councillor Hyland raised the matter again at this week's meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, where he was told that the TII - Transport Infrastructure Ireland- has allocated funds for safety improvement works at this spot, and the works will start - if not before Christmas - then shortly afterwards.