Unfinished Bruachlan development remains outside council responsibility

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

COUNCILLOR Cathal Crowe has expressed his regret that Bruachlan, the most recent housing development in Westbury, is not being taken in charge by Clare County Council.

COUNCILLOR Cathal Crowe has expressed his regret that Bruachlan, the most recent housing development in Westbury, is not being taken in charge by Clare County Council.

The local authority is assuming responsibility for maintenance of most of the huge housing estate on the outskirts of Limerick this month.

Clare County Council has over €700,000 to spend on improvements after negotiations on calling in bonds lodged by the estate’s troubled developers were completed with insurers.

But Bruachlan will remain out of the picture for the foreseeable future, Cllr Crowe said.

“This is due to the fact that part of Bruachlan remains unfinished and sites formerly owned by Chieftain Construction have been transferred as assets to NAMA. These sites are currently listed for sale and once they have been purchased and offloaded from the NAMA landbank, the process to take over Bruachlán can get underway.”

“In the interim period, Grant Thornton Accountants will continue to act as the NAMA-appointed receivers and effective managers for this part of the estate. Cllr Pascal Fitzgerald and I have asked council personnel to sit down with the Bruachlán Residents’ Association over the coming weeks to thoroughly brief them on the situation,” said Cllr Crowe.

Confirmation that most of Westbury - which has over 900 houses and over 10km of road - will be taken in charge this month comes after “countless joint motions” submitted by Cllr Crowe and Cllr Fitzgerald over the past eight years.

Residents associations within the estate, meanwhile, would continue to be responsible for grass-cutting and the maintenance of open spaces but Cllr Crowe said environmental grants were available from the council to help with this work.