It’s almost impossible at present for ordinary people to rent a house, or even room in Mayo and buying a house is completely out of the reach of many. That’s according to Westport based Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn.
The councillor says the situation could be eased, and affordable housing could be provided, if Mayo county council was prepared to sell off land at cost price to ordinary people to build homes in towns and villages.
However, he says the Council simply puts the onus for housing on to government, and is not prepared to take immediate action that could help to resolve the housing crisis.
It’s not a new idea, as the local authority provided such cost sites in Westport in the 70s. Speaking at a recent West Mayo Municipal District meeting, cllr Flynn says he’s frustrated with the authority’s double standards – its doors are open for big business when it comes to selling land and buildings at subsidised prices, but when it comes to selling on sites to struggling families there is nothing done , he claimed.
Councillor Flynn has been speaking to Midwest News