Councillor wants many hands to make lights work in Carraig Midhe

Cllr Cathal Crowe

Cllr Cathal Crowe

  • by Mike Dwane

FED-UP residents of the Carraig Midhe estate in Corbally are to petition Clare County Council to take their development in charge after being left in the dark over who is responsible for street lighting.

Fianna Fail’s Cllr Cathal Crowe is facilitating the petition and said he was going door-to-door to collect signatures to set the process in motion.

“Carraig Midhe is a mixed-development of 100 semi-detached houses, 16 townhouses and 19 duplex apartments and was given planning approval by Clare County Council in 2003. All housing units have been completed and the vast majority are occupied. The estate is, in my opinion, built to a high standard but there has been an ongoing problem with street lighting which will require urgent attention,” said Cllr Crowe.

But getting something done about it has not proved easy because of problems related to the construction bust.

“Clare County Council has recently received conflicting information from the receiver and the developers in relation to the responsibility for this development. We will be reviewing the information received and engaging with both parties to establish the owners of the land and consequently the party responsible for ongoing maintenance issues. Clare County Council will also be engaging with the bondholders in terms of the outstanding works,” said Cllr Crowe.

While the council was already working its way through a waiting list of estates to be taken in charge, Cllr Crowe has urged Carraig Midhe residents to back the petition as a “starting point”.




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