Farmer being made a stranger on his own land - Cllr Coyle

Cllr Gerry Coyle

Cllr Gerry Coyle

For the second meeting of Mayo County Council in a row, Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle has raised the issue of a farmer who got an enforcement letter from Mayo County Council in relation to a cattle crush on his farm.

Cllr Coyle told the February meeting on Monday: "Last month I raised the issue of a person getting a letter from planning in relation to a cattle crush, I'm wondering what has happened since - nothing because he has got another letter.

"I went back yesterday to have a look at it - I'll tell you that he should be really getting a few quid from ye to put up a proper one. It is miles away from the road, you have to walk down through fields, he put in a bit of a timber frame around it - low and behold he gets a letter on January 23 about it - I wonder are we talking to ourselves about things when we come up here, there are other issues and I won't raise them today, with a farmer down there that is going on since last September.

"I'll give you the copy of the letter and a few photos about it, it is made out of timber from natural wood he has collected from around the place and earlier this year, from other interference from another body, he had to make a mobile feeder - go and put two wheels on it so he could move it from one place to another around the field - to keep them happy. If it wasn't so serious it would be funny, this is making a man a complete stranger on his own land. There are several of them around this county.

"That people have the time to go and send out these letters - did someone from the council go out and look at it before this letter was sent out?"

Mayo County Council, chief executive Peter Hynes responded to Cllr Coyle saying: "My memory is that you would give us a little more detail on where that case is, if you can give it to us we can look at it and see."

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