Thursday, September 24, 2020

A car was burnt out and the windows of a house smashed in a Westport housing estate earlier this week.

Speaking on the topic of anti-social behaviour at today’s (Thursday) Housing Strategic Policy Committee meeting of Mayo County Council, Cllr Christy Hyland raised the issue stating that neighbours in an award-winning estate were horrified to see a car being burnt out in the early hours of Wednesday morning last.

“Culprits came during the night and burnt the car and smashed the windows of the house,” he explained.

Cllr Hyland asked Mayo County Council officials to try and bring this terrible behaviour to an end, pointing out that the victims of the anti social behaviour are local authority tenants in a beautiful area occupied by decent people.

“If it was a private landlord something would be done straight away. The council needs to take action before something more serious actually happens.”

Olivia Gallagher, Housing Department, Mayo County Council said there have been 24 official complaints of anti-social behaviour to the council out of a housing stock of 2,200 over the past 18 months. A total of 13 of these have been resolved while 11 are still under review. “There is a process in place which can lead to eviction,” she advised.

It was agreed, following a discussion, to review the local authority’s anti-social policies.

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