There has been a huge response, to date, to a recent advertisement by Mayo County Council seeking public interest in “affordable housing”.
With the closing date for a response not until the end of this month (May), already in excess of 600 responses have been received, and according to Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne this clearly indicates the strong need for Affordable housing in county Mayo.
The councillor says however, despite the huge demand, the government has this week omitted Mayo from qualifying for any Affordable Housing Scheme, for at least the next five years.
The Government’s Housing Plan published earlier this week, rules out county Mayo qualifying for Affordable Housing Schemes, claiming that the average price of a house in the county, is one of the lowest nationally.
However, councillor Kilcoyne insists that this is ridiculous, if you look at house prices in Castlebar, Ballina and Westport, and he says something has to be done for the many people who don’t qualify for social housing, that is people with an income of 26,000 euro or more annually, yet who will never be able to afford a mortgage with a financial institution on the open market.
He believes the housing market in Mayo is now impacting on the local economy, and is acting as a disincentive to workers considering taking up employment in the county.
The Independent councillor has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about his concerns..