Neil Cruise

  • A large section of Foxford will be without water today to necessitate repair works to a persistent awkward leak in Riverside Housing estate.

    There is a faulty valve on the entrance to Riverside and work will commence on this from 2pm which will leave a large section of the town without water today.

    Local Councillor Neil Cruise says it has been a particular nuisance for the residents of Riverside but it is important to get the problem solved before the weekend.

  • Mayo County Council have this afternoon confirmed to Midwest news that they currently have Consultants working on a safety barrier design for the Foxford to Ballyvary Road on the N58.

    This is as a result of numerous concerns raised over a section of the roadway between Foxford and Straide since improvement works were carried out on it some time ago.

    During the course of the work, the road was raised and since then it has been extremely dangerous because of a deep drop on either side.

    This location did not previously have a safety barrier installed and the lack of a sufficient width of roadside verge has resulted in it not being possible to install a standard barrier in this case.

    Mayo County Council say their consultants in conjunction with TII are testing various barrier options to find a solution which is in accordance with the relevant specification and a further trial is due to be undertaken in the coming week.

    Once a barrier design has been passed and approved a contractor will then be procured and the barrier installed.

    The issue has been raised on a number of occasions by Councillor Neil Cruise who again raised the matter on Midwest Radio this week.

  • The misuse of drones in the Foxford area is going to be highlighted at tomorrow’s Mayo Joint Policing Committee meeting.

    Fine Gael Councillor Neil Cruise raised the matter at yesterday’s Claremorris/Swinford Municipal District as he wanted to know what restrictions are in place by the local authority surrounding the use of drones.

    Councillor Cruise says flying drones around housing estates in the early hours of the morning is simply not on.

    He says this practice is frightening people in their homes.

  • Fine Gael selected two candidates to run in the Swinford four-seat electoral area last night in the upcoming local elections.

    Outgoing Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise will be joined on the ticket by Swinford businessman Tom Lavin.

  • The Mayo Joint Policing Committee is to write to the Minister for Health Simon Harris, urging him to implement the legislation on minimum price per unit of alcohol.

    It comes at a time when supermarkets and off-licences are advertising bottles of beer that are cheaper than a pint of milk or a bottle of water, according to Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise.

    The Public Health Act 2018 provides for minimum pricing per unit of alcohol, but this section of the legislation has not yet been implemented.

    The issue was highlighted on Midwest News last week by Ballina man John Higgins whose son David died by suicide after a house party in March 2011.

    The inquest into David's death recorded a verdict of death by suicide, with alcohol a contributing factor.

    The issue was discussed at the recent meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee, and Councillor Neil Cruise - who's a publican in Foxford - hit out at the availability of cheap alcohol, and said minimum pricing needs to be introduced as soon as possible

  • A Mayo Councillor is seeking funding for a footpath from Kiltimagh out to Kilkinure Cemetery.

    FG Councillor Neil Cruise says a new footpath should run to the cemetery and onto Oxford Cross on the Balla Road, which would open up a number of looped walks in the area.

    He has applied under the Town & Village Renewal scheme for funding for this project, and says he hopes his application is successful, as this would form part of the Greenway strategy for the county.

  •  The tender has gone out for the provision of safety barriers along a notoriously dangerous stretch of new road surface along the N58 between Foxford and Ballyvary.

    Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have devised the barriers, that are unique, as they must be placed along a very narrow verge, with a significant drop either side.

    Local fine Gael Councillor Neil Cruise says works should now get underway to install the barriers by the end of August / early September, ahead of next winter.

  • Some traffic disruption can be expected in Foxford over the next ten days, as work gets underway tomorrow on repairing footpaths on the N26 through the town.

    Local Councillor Neil Cruise says traffic lights will be in operation, with traffic flow reduced to one lane for the duration of the works.