Labour TD for Limerick City and Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, says the taking in charge of Westbury Estate by Clare County council will give residents “certainty and security about the services and the good maintenance of the estate in the coming years.”
There are a total of 900 residential and other properties in Westbury, which is just two miles from Limerick city but just over the Clare border.
“I would like to acknowledge the role that Clare County Council has played in resolving a number of difficult issues regarding this estate. This has not been an easy task but the local authority has worked diligently and determinedly to resolve outstanding issues, with the result that the estate is taken in charge today,” Deputy O’Sullivan said.
“There is of course a small portion of the estate that has not been taken in charge. I hope that work on this issue will continue in the coming months.”
The move follows extensive negotiations with bondholders who held bonds on behalf of McInerney Homes Ltd and Chieftain Construction Ltd, both of whom have been in receivership and liquidation for some time.
The Council will take on responsibility for water services, including all pumping stations, with effect from January 21 with the remaining services such as open spaces and roads being taken in charge on an interim basis pending completion of the statutory taking in charge process. The overall arrangement with the bondholder involves a payment of €715k which will be used to remedy defective infrastructure, particularly waste water treatment infrastructure.
The Council confirmed that a portion of unfinished development at Bruachlan and Grianan is not subject to the taking in charge process as it relates to a separate receivership.