FUNDING which has been allocated for remedial works at an unfinished County Limerick housing estate has been welcomed by Cllr Bill O’Donnell, who has labelled the estate “a dreadful eyesore”.
Limerick County Council has received funding to carry out remedial works in four unfinished housing estates which were categorised as a public health and safety risk.
The Department of the Environment made €5 million available nationally to help local authorities address problems in unfinished estates and asked councils to submit a list of estates in need of this funding.
Limerick County Council made an application for a share of the funding for 10 estates across the county, and were granted funding of €75,000 for four estates.
Funding of €10,215 has been approved for fencing in Cois na Feile, Abbeyfeale; €5,130 has been allocated for remedial works in Cluain Dara, Broadford; funding of €28,000 has been allocated for the Evanwood estate in Castletroy, and €29,000 has been approved for The Grove in Bruff.
“My understanding is that the works to be carried out by the council will focus on health and safety measures and this is welcomed,” said Cllr Bill O’Donnell.
“Our unfinished estates are attracting illegal dumping of waste and are also a danger for young children who can easily enter on to these estates which have been left in a dangerous condition,” he added.
The Bruff-based councillor particularly welcomed the allocation of €29,000 for the Grove Estate in Bruff.
“As I have said in the past, this estate is a dreadful eyesore in what is otherwise a very clean and well kept town, thanks to the hard work of Tidy Towns and other community groups. We are advised by the department that this is an interim allocation pending more detailed estimates being furnished by Limerick County Council,” he added.
The development at the Grove is unoccupied with partially built houses on site. The enforcement section of the council has served enforcement notices on the developer.
The money approved for the housing estates will be used to fence off parts of the developments and to remove any hazards.