Limerick councillor wants policy on estate maintenance

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK City North councillor Michael Hourigan has called for the council to develop a policy around the maintenance of estates.

LIMERICK City North councillor Michael Hourigan has called for the council to develop a policy around the maintenance of estates.

Many residents across the city are often left unable to get essential repairs done to their estates.

This is because more often than not, it is the responsibility of the developer behind the estate.

And often it is the case the developer is uncontactable.

City Council has taken over the management of some estates.

But Fine Gael councillor Hourigan wants to see more.

“People used to take it for granted that City Hall would come in and do something. But obviously we cannot do this on every time, because we do not own all the estates. Can we develop a policy to go after the developers to take ownership of some city estates,” he asked.

Director of service Vincent Murray said residents can contact City Council for help in this area.

“There is no policy as such. We deal with applications [for help] as they come to us. But we do not pressure developers. It is worth noting there is a provision under the Local Government Act for residents to approach Limerick City Council themselves,” he confirmed.

Cllr Hourigan also called for the council to engage in meetings with the ESB over the level of water released from Ardnacrusha.

This follows flooding in the midlands.

“There has been heavy rain for the last few months, and flooding has been caused. Some people’s homes are no longer covered. There should be liaison between all councils and the ESB,” Cllr Hourigan said.

Mr Murray said that talks were constantly ongoing - and the ESB is legally obliged to release the same amount of water each time.