Claremorris Municipal District councillors are threatening to take “further action” if the executive of Mayo County Council fail to restore planning as an item on the next monthly meeting of the authority.
The matter was raised yesterday by the Cathaoirleach of the district, Fine Gael Councillor Patsy O’Brien at the monthly meeting of the authority.
The Cathaoirleach Patsy O’Brien called for planning to be included on the October agenda of Claremorris Municipal meeting and he received unanimous support from his fellow councillors.
Earlier this year planning was removed from all municipal district meeting agendas in county Mayo, following a directive from the Minister that individual planning applications could not be discussed at local authority meetings.
Municipal Districts in Mayo, had for many years discussed likely refusals to planning applications at their monthly meetings.
At the July meeting of Mayo county council, Councillors sought independent legal advice on the removal of planning from agendas and a workshop to discuss the matter between council executive and elected Councillors.
Councillors in Claremorris yesterday asked why a date for that workshop is not yet in place.
Director of Services for the Claremorris Municipal District Liam Hanrahan told Councillors the authority is awaiting that independent legal advice. In the meantime he insisted planning will not be restored to municipal district meeting agendas.
In response, Independent Councillor Richard Finn said if planning is not restored - then Councillors will take further action on the matter.
Cathaoirleach Patsy O’Brien outlined his determination to pursue this issue.