The state of the market square plaza in Castlebar town centre is "completely unacceptable", according to local Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

A million euro was spent by the now abolished Castlebar Urban council, backed by Mayo County Council, to install what was to be the centrepiece of the town centre development, about 18 years ago.

The paving stones that cover the square are now literally separating and lifting and are considered a public safety hazard, with a section in the centre of the square cordoned off, for almost three months now.

Councillor Kilcoyne raised his concerns again over the present situation at the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District. He claims members of the public will inevitably trip, fall and hurt themselves on the paving stones not cordoned off.

He told Midwest News today that he and other councillors are completely frustrated at the lack of action by council management in addressing the problem.

"A million euro in 2000 was a lot of money, and it simply makes no sense," he says, "that the paving stones are now separating and lifting and are left in such a state for a prolonged period."

Midwest News contacted Mayo County Council today for a response and an update on the timescale proposed to repair the plaza .

There was no one available for interview, however, John McHale Head of Castlebar Municipal District, stated that weather conditions have not been suitable for the repair work but it will be repaired very shortly.



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