Cllr Christy Hyland

  • The four Councillors elected last month for the Westport electoral area, and the three councillors elected in Belmullet must work together - regardless of their political persuasion - to further develop the towns and communities from Louisburg to Belmullet.

    That's according to Independent Councillor Christy Hyland, who was yesterday elected Cathaoirleach of the West Mayo Municipal District, which includes both the Belmullet and Westport electoral areas.

    Councillor Hyland was nominated for the position by Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy and seconded by newly-elected Councillor Sean Carey.

    Speaking with Midwest News, Councillor Hyland said there are exciting times ahead, and he wants all 7 councillors to work together to help encourage job creation across the Municipal District.

  • Construction got underway yesterday on the first phase of the Westport to Louisburgh Greenway. 

    The 19km stretch of greenway will extend on from the Great Western Greenway that runs from Westport to Achill. 

    Phase One runs from Bertra to the famine monument at Murrisk, at the base of Croagh Patrick. 

    Local Councillor Christy Hyland told Midwest News he is delighted work on the new facility is now underway. 

  • The slow pace of progress in developing the Bertra to Lecanvey greenway was raised at this week's monthly meeting of the Westport / Belmullet Municipal District.

    Almost a year ago, Minister Michael Ring announced funding of half a million euro towards developing the Lecanvey to Bertra section of the Clew Bay Trail, which is a 19 km walking and cycling trail between Belclare and Louisburg.

    Westport Independent Councillor Christy Hyland questioned council management at this week's meeting in relation to the progress being made in developing this section of greenway, and was told the route has been identified and the council is about to engage in discussions with landowners.

    Councillor Hyland is hoping to see the project progressing quickly, so that it can be completed for next Summer's tourist season.

  • A local Councillor says that something has to be done about flooding on the access road to Allergan and Portwest in Westport.

    Independent Cllr Christy Hyland says the access road flooded again yesterday, following heavy rain as part of Storm Diana yesterday.

    He says that once Allergan found out that the road was flooded, they provided access to the two sites by opening up a road at the rear of their plant.

    However Cllr Hyland says the situation must be resolved, as it has occurred on a number of occasions over the past few years.

    He says that both Allergan and Portwest are major employers and it is not good enough to have the access road to the plants flooded.

    Cllr Hyland says employees were worried about getting home from work or getting into work yesterday because of the issue.

    He told Midwest News he has been in touch with the Executive of Mayo County Council about the matter.

  • An Independent Councillor has voiced his frustration at the state of the footpath in the Market Lane area of Westport.

    Christy Hyland says this has been an issue going back for at least ten years.

    It came to light again recently when a person fell in the Market Lane area and sustained injury.

    Cllr. Hyland says that there is an accident on that lane way once every two or three weeks and someone has to take full responsibility to carry out repairs.

    It emerged at a recent meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District that the laneway is owned by Nama and Council management say upgrade works in that area would be a very substantial investment.

  • An Independent Councillor says the reduction of outdoor staff with Mayo County Council for the Westport area by six people in total is deeply concerning. 

    Cllr. Christy Hyland says standards have to be maintained in the Westport area. He says outdoor staff are vital in Westport due to the high volume of people coming into the town on an ongoing basis. 

    He raised his concerns at a recent meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District and afterwards told Midwest Radio that he is going to persist on this matter.

  • The need to designate a portion of the 38 acres of land acquired by Mayo County Council on the Golf Course Road in Westport, for sport and recreation, was highlighted by Westport based Independent Cllr Christy Hyland at the November meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District. 

    He believes that demands on sporting activities in Westport look set to increase, with the last census showing an increase in population of 400 in Westport town and that increase occurred during a recession. 

    It is envisaged that a portion of the land acquired by the local authority will be zoned for housing. 

    The Councillor said a ladies football team in the town, earlier this month, found it difficult to find a location to play a home match. 

    Cllr Hyland says they eventually found a location, but the situation needs to be addressed. 

  • AN outdoor gym on the Greenway in Westport has been locked up, out of order for the past three months.

    That’s according to local Independent Councillor Christy Hyland, who’s calling on Mayo County Council to get the necessary parts and re-open the outdoor gym, which is used by many people enjoying the greenway.

    Councillor Hyland is also concerned about the monument at the Octagon in Westport, as it’s not lit up at present.

    He raised both matters at a recent meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District

  • Remedial work has been carried out on a road in Westport which had been prone to flooding.

    The road in the Carrowbeg area, which also leads to Portwest and Allergan, had flooded on a number of occasions, cutting off access to the factories and also for a number of residents.

    However local Independent Cllr Christy Hyland has been informed that remedial work has been carried out on the road.

  • Mayo County Council has agreed to put a safety improvement scheme in place later this year on the N5 Westport to Castlebar road, at Corrib Oil.

    A number of collisions have occurred at this busy stretch of road in recent years, and Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has raised the issue on a number of occasions, calling for safety measures to slow down traffic at this location.

    After raising the matter again this week, Councillor Hyland was informed that a safety improvement scheme will be put in place later this year.

  • A serious assault occurred on a teenager in a county Mayo town over the Christmas period, and despite the incident having occurred directly under a public CCTV camera in the town, the camera was out of order. The camera had been reported as out of order weeks previously, but the Departments of Justice and the Environment were arguing between themselves as to who should pay for the call out, according to Westport based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland.

    He raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council earlier this week, as he says that this matter needs to be urgently sorted – as to who is responsible for the maintenance / repair of cameras.

    Cllr Hyland says the local authority has a responsibility her as in any community application for a CCTV system the applicant must have the support of Mayo County Council.

  • Mayo County Council is to hold one of its monthly meetings at the new GAA Dome Centre of Excellence at Bekan, outside Ballyhaunis.

    The matter was raised at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council by Westport based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland.

    Cllr Hyland’s proposal was unanimously supported by all councillors present.

  • There is currently an audit of trees taking place in Westport by Mayo County Council.

    That’s according to local Independent Cllr. Christy Hyland who says a tree came down in a recent storm near the library in the town but admits a review is needed.

    Cllr. Hyland says the trees are an important part of Westport’s character but says pruning is needed along with better public lighting in areas of the town.

  • A Westport Councillor has called on the CEO of Mayo County Council to ensure that the local authority submits an application for part of the €23m announced recently for the Water Services Investment Programme, so that work can begin on the Westport/Louisburgh Water Scheme.

    A notice has been in place for some time now on Croagh Patrick to advise people that the water is not fit for consumption.

    Local Independent Cllr Christy Hyland asked the CEO to ensure funding is sought to get the scheme in this area up and running.

    The CEO assured him that funding would be sought for the programme.