CLLR Stephen Keary said the impasse between Irish Water and the county council needed to be resolved urgently at last week’s full council meeting.
The councillor claimed it was preventing the taking in charge of housing estates by the council. These estates, he pointed out, are, in fact ready for handover as snag-lists have been sorted out. But the reports have been “put on the shelf” he argued.
“It is an absolute disgrace that estates done and dusted have been left there for months without any work being done about taking them in charge,” said Cllr Keary. As a result, home-owners in these estates don’t get the grass-cutting, lighting and other services the council provides
Cllr Michael Sheahan called on the council “to test” Irish Water and be proactive. At a transportation and infrastructure SPC three days later Cllr Sheahan said he had contacted Irish Water on the issue in the mean time.
“Their correspondence with me stated all they are waiting for was clarification from Limerick County Council as regards maps, drawing and that everything was OK with the sewerage snag systems.
“The estates I am talking about have all been snagged by the county council and given a clean bill of health. They are ready to come before the council. Irish Water said all they want is confirmation. The sooner they get it the better,” said Cllr Sheahan, because as far as he is aware no other councils have done this and Limerick will be at the top of the queue.
“I am calling on the council to get the files of the estate that are clean on to Irish Water. The estates can then be taken in charge which is what the residents and small time developers want. The residents are paying all their taxes and the developers cannot get any of their bond money from the bank because they won’t release it until they have got clearance that the estates are taken in charge,” said Cllr Sheahan.
The meeting also heard that complaints or breakages are to be reported to a central Irish Water number. This will then be sent back to the county council to carry out works.
Cllr Rose Brennan and Brigid Teefy said it was a pity people couldn’t ring the council instead of a call centre.