Councillors in the Castlebar municipal district have given their support to a motion that will be put before the next monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.
The motion, which was proposed by Cllr Cyril Burke at last week’s area meeting, will call on Mayo County Council to write to the Minister for Local Government asking that councillors be allowed to discuss planning applications as part of their municipal district meetings.
Cllr Burke said he raised this proposal in wake of frustration at being unable to discuss developments such as communications masts in the Council Chamber.
His proposal received unanimous support from his fellow councillors.
“During the days of the Castlebar Urban Council, all planning applications could be put out in front of us for discussion,” said Cllr Blackie Gavin.
“A lot of planning issues were solved in this way. There is no democracy in the current system.”
Cllr Donna Sheridan also said that people should be vigilant about planning notices being erected in their local areas, as many go unnoticed due to the 5km travel limit. She said she has heard from numerous constituents who were surprised to learn of developments in their areas and urged them to go to Mayo County Council’s website for a full list of planning applications.