Communities in Murrisk and in Newport received welcome news yesterday evening as Mayo county council officials outlined the progress being made on two long awaited projects in west Mayo – a water supply for Murrisk and a new sewerage facility for Newport.

Details were outlined to local councillors at the monthly meeting of West Mayo Municipal District yesterday.

There was a real Christmas atmosphere at yesterday’s meeting of West Mayo as cllrs received positive news on  a number of major projects for the area - all long awaited, and continuously raised at municipal district meetings throughout the last number of years.

In the case of the Murrisk/ Croagh Patrick area- where the lack of any adequate public water supply has been highlighted, with signs at Croagh Patrick advising the thousands of visitors that arrive each year to climb the holy mountain stating that the water is not fit for human consumption – and in addition of course, residents of Murrisk are living daily without a water supply that they can rely on.

Council officials explained that progress is now being made on forming a group water committee in Murrisk and when in place – the authority is hopeful that funding will be secured in the next funding tranche that runs from 2019 to 2021 to get a new water supply in place.

Local independent cllr Christy Hyland told Midwest News today that while the project is not over the line yet, it is very welcome news that it now looks set to be delivered by 2021.

There was also news for Newport and the long sought after new sewerage facility needed to deal with waste water / sewerage flowing into Newport bay. Officials confirmed that a feasibility study is being put in place for a new plant and gain expressed confidence that funding for the plant will be secured, with its construction underway by 2023.

There was also some news at yesterday’s meeting on an issue that is of ongoing concern in Westport and that’s the flooding at Carrowholly and the need for flood relief works. Environmental issues have long stalled progress on this work that is on the agenda now for five  years. Council officials told cllrs that agreement has now been reached between the OPW and Mayo county council and 818,000 euro is in place to carry out a range of works that should address the problems. The local authority intends to seek a Part 8 planning for the works, to come before cllrs early next year.

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