The increasing number of unauthorised developments in Castlebar, where property owners are converting houses into flats or apartments needs to be addressed. That’s the view of Castlebar Fine Gael councillor Ger Deere.
The councillor has called on Mayo county council to undertake an audit of such properties and ensure that they meet fire and safety regulations and standards.
He admits, however, that there is a real crisis in housing in the county town that is negatively impacting on GMIT, as students are forced to travel distances daily or couch surf for months because of the lack of available accommodation.
Cllr Deere has been outlining his concerns to Midwest News...
 
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