Limerick councillor angry over progress on Mill Road site

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

CITY east councillor Denis McCarthy is furious at the council over a lack of action on a derelict site in Corbally.

CITY east councillor Denis McCarthy is furious at the council over a lack of action on a derelict site in Corbally.

Cllr McCarthy says he has repeatedly asked City Council to act on cleaning up a privately owned derelict site at Silverbrook, on Corbally’s Mill Road.

He wants the council to force the owner to clean up the 0.2 acre site of dangerous debris and litter, and to erect proper safety barriers in its place.

At present, the Fine Gael councillor argues that it is a magnet for anti-social behaviour - and also poses a severe safety risk to young children playing.

He was left angered after an article in the Limerick Voice newspaper - which was produced by journalism students at UL - in which a council spokesperson claimed to have no knowledge of the situation.

However, when contacted by the Limerick Leader, a spokesperson for City Hall’s economic development and property department said the issue is being followed up through the council’s “derelict sites process”.

Under the Derelict Sites Act, the council can serve an enforcement order on the site owner to get them to clean up a site, or fine them until this happens.

Cllr McCarthy is upset over a lack of action, however, having raised the matter at two consecutive local area council meetings.

“The council said they had a on-site inspection with the owner, and he gave a full undertaking to do it. There was an attempt to rectify the situation, but it was nothing short of a laugh. The council did contact the person, and they said he attempted to make it secure. But nothing has been done at the rear of the site,” he argued.

Cllr McCarthy wants to see a large fence erected around the site - because he is concerned over the safety of children playing nearby.

“Several people have approached me, and I told them I had an undertaking it would be done in two weeks. I am disappointed and frustrated, because I do not want to see any child hurt, or be in court as a witness,” he said.

A council spokesperson stated it: “investigates every complaint it receives regarding derelict sites. The national Derelict Site Act lays down the definitions of a derelict site and the legal timeframes in which action can be taken. The site is being followed up through the derelict sites process.”