If Mayo County Council has the resources to remove roadside memorials, than it should have the staff to inspect private housing developments while they are under construction.

That’s the view of Ballina Independent councillor Gerry Ginty.

Councillor Ginty says the local authority will say it hasn’t the staff required to inspect each stage of construction of a private housing development, yet it had the staff needed to remove a roadside memorial in Bohola, along the N5 last week.

At this month’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District the number of unfinished private housing estates in the Ballina Municipal District area, not taken in charge of by Mayo County Council dominated discussion.

Councillor Ginty again proposed that at national level, to avoid unfinished estates in the future, that a percentage of the price of any house in an estate should be retained by the buyer’s solicitor, and would not be released to the developer of the estate until the estate was completed and taken in charge of by the local authority.

This lunchtime he has been telling Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley why this measure is necessary, to avoid the similar mistakes in the future.

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