Mayo county councillors are angered by changes that have been introduced in the eligibility criteria to apply for LIS (Local Improvement Scheme) funding.

The scheme provides funding for small private roads.

The roads may lead to farms, to houses or to a beach or other amenity.

Local householders and landowners pay a percentage of the cost of upgrading the road, and if their application is successful , the rest of the funding is secured under LIS.

However, two herd numbers are now required in any application.

At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council councillors argued that this new requirement is completely unfair and was never discussed at local authority level.

Ballinrobe based Fianna Fail councillor Damien Ryan raised the matter at the start of yesterday’s meeting.

He was supported in his views by many other councillors who also spoke on the matter.


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