A west Mayo councillor has condemned the proposal by Mayo County Council to charge filmmakers and photographers for commercially using beaches in the county.

Independent councillor Christy Hyland says he will oppose any attempt to charge for permits to film on our shores.

The matter was raised earlier this week at the monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District.

The Council's Special Policy Committee on the Environment is proposing such a charge, but Councillor Hyland has described the plan as contributing to a “nanny state” and says it is simply not acceptable.

The matter will go before a full County Council meeting for approval.

Councillor Hyland says, if the proposal is approved, it would mean that a bride and groom wanting photos on the beach on their big day will need the photographer to have a permit from Mayo County Council to take the photo.

He added that, in parts of Dublin, the local authority charges filmmakers and photographers 800 euro per day or 120 euro per hour for the commercial use of a beach.

Councillor Hyland has been outlining his concerns over the proposal to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley...



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