Mayo County Council Amongst Top Performing Local Authorities Nationally

Posted in Connect on October 16, 2019.

Mayo County Council continues to increase productivity in areas such as social housing supply, planning and job creation an annual audit of its services has shown.

The report, published on Monday, October 14, coincides with #YourCouncil, a new social media campaign aimed at informing the public about how the local authority impacts their daily lives and how they can engage with council services.

The Local Authority Performance Indicator Report 2018 by the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) found that:

  • Mayo’s Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) assisted in the creation of 130 new jobs last year, 6.7% above the national average.
  • Almost 300 people received mentoring for their business in 2018 – this is greater than the national median and compares very favourably with other counties of similar size and population.
  • The number of new social homes added to council ownership increased by 2.4% in 2018, with 60 added to stocks last year. The number of dwellings in the ownership of Mayo County Council at the end of 2018 stood at 2,082.
  • A total of 28 Decisions of Mayo County Council were subject to a valid appeal to An Bord Pleanala and which were determined by the Board in 2018. The Board confirmed the decision of Mayo County Council in 89.29% of these cases, the highest rate of confirmation across all Local Authorities and well above the national average of 76%.
  • The enforcement section of Mayo County Council investigated a total of 131 new planning enforcement cases and closed 83 cases in 2018. Mayo has the third lowest rate of cases which were dismissed as trivial or without foundation or were statute barred from further proceedings.
  • 86% less pollution complaints were made to Mayo County Council last year and all complaints were dealt with through to closure.
  • 55% of Co Mayo is considered litter free. The third highest in the country and well above the national average.
  • Mayo is leading the way with Library visits. It had the highest increase in the number of library visits per head of population. Up to 3.71 visits in 2018.
  • Mayo expended €3,890,007 on local road resealing during 2018, more than three times the national average.

Commenting on the report, Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council said “Demand for council services is increasing. Housing, Climate Change and Driving Economic Development are just some of the challenges facing our council right now. As the NOAC report shows, Mayo County Council is working hard and is meeting these challenges, adding to the social housing stock, assisting in the creation of jobs and becoming more environmentally aware.

“It’s very positive to see the Local Enterprise Office give so much support to small and medium size Business with the figures showing the creation 130 new jobs coming directly from the support of the Enterprise and Investment Unit here in Mayo

“We are proud also to see that Mayo is one of the highest ranked counties for being litter free. Our Environment department work extremely hard to ensure the county remains one of the most beautiful in the country and is not blighted by litter black spots.

“Research has shown that one-in-two people know ‘just a little’ about the work of their council[i]. We are currently running a #YourCouncil campaign on social media to better inform the people of the county how Mayo County Council is working for them and how they can get the most from our services. Our Communications Department are continuously working to improve Citizen Engagement with the people of the County and beyond.  Working towards Mayo County Council’s vision of creating a County which is Sustainable, Inclusive, Prosperous and Proud is the heart of what we do

[i] Local Authority Satisfaction Survey 2019, National Oversight and Audit Commission, published July 2019.

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