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....

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