CLARE County Council are making an application to the Department of the Environment’s Special Resolution Fund so that the estates of Grianan and Bruachlan in Westbury can be completed and taken in charge by the Council.
“If the application is successful the Council have plans to build a connecting road between the Grianan and Bruachlan developments. Plans are also afoot to have a green area developed adjacent to the Westbury Health Centre. This would involve the levelling of ground with top soil and the sowing of grass seed,” explained Cllr Cathal Crowe.
In January 2013, Clare County Council took the majority of the Westbury estate in charge with the notable exception of Bruachlan and Grianan.
These are the most recently developed parts of the Westbury estate and a range of issues involving liquidators, receivers and NAMA had to be overcome.
“If the Special Resolution Fund is approved residents can expect a marked improvement in their environs. The completion or the road and finishing of the green area in front of the Westbury Health Centre would be wonderful but there will still likely be the outstanding issue of the NAMA owned properties,” explained Cllr Crowe.
Cllr Crowe, who is a Fianna Fáil member of Clare County Council, put a motion forwarded that Clare County Council proceed to formally take in charge the estates of Grianan and Bruachlan in Westbury” at the last meeting.
The undeveloped sections of An Grianan & Bruachlan (within which there are no occupied houses) are still the responsibility of the receiver on behalf of NAMA and are therefore do not currently come under the remit of Clare County Council.