Remedial works to be carried out at County Limerick estates

Petula Martyn

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Petula Martyn

Limerick County Council has received funding to carry out remedial works in four unfinished housing estates which were categorised as a public health and safety risk.

Limerick County Council has received funding to carry out remedial works in four unfinished housing estates which were categorised as a public health and safety risk.

The Department of the Environment made €5 million available nationally to help local authorities address problems in unfinished estates and asked councils to submit a list of estates in need of this funding.

Limerick County Council made an application for a share of the funding for 10 estates in the city suburbs and across the county, and were granted funding of €75,000 for four estates.

Funding of €28,000 has been approved for the Evanwood estate in Castletroy, with the remaining allocation going to three estates in County Limerick. The money will be used to fence off parts of developments and to remove any hazards.

“The Department says they will give us a further allocation once they’ve reviewed the other estates as well,” explained Tom Enright, director of services at the planning department at County Hall, adding that the local authority is investing a further €100,000 from the council’s own development fund, “which allows us to go in ourselves and carry out some works”.

A lot of work has already been carried out in unfinished Limerick estates where developers are in receivership or in liquidation, and there is no entity that the council can deal with. “Rather than leave residents in limbo, we have gone in and done works ourselves to try and address significant problems that might have been with some of the services there.”

Limerick city and county does not have a significant problem with unfinished housing developments. “We have been careful to limit the size of housing developments, and that they would be constructed in phases, so we don’t have many large estates where there are significant number of unfinished houses. Having said that, we have a small number of estates where there are issues with unfinished houses which need to be addressed,” Mr Enright said.