Work to be done on estate in County Limerick town before it can be taken in charge

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Cllr Liam Galvin fears the bond attached to the estate will not cover the cost of the works required, before the estate can be taken in charge by Limerick City and County Council

Cllr Liam Galvin fears the bond attached to the estate will not cover the cost of the works required, before the estate can be taken in charge by Limerick City and County Council

A LONG list of work remains to be done on an estate in Abbeyfeale which has changed hands, councillors have been told.

But local councillor Liam Galvin fears the bond attached to the estate will not cover the cost of the works required, before the estate can be taken in charge by Limerick City and County Council.

“What have we done to date?”, he asked at this month’s meeting of the Newcastle West Municipal District. “If the programme of works isn’t done by the developer will the bond cover the works?”

After residents in the estate asked the council to take it in charge, Cllr Galvin was told in a written reply, the council drew up a schedule of works which was issued to the developer. But the ownership had changed hands and the council then engaged with the new owner to have the works completed. The council also lodged a claim against the planning bond of €94,060.35.

“The council will continue to pursue both the developer and the bond owner in order to have the estate completed to a satisfactory standard,” Stephane Duclot, acting senior planner said. And he provided councillors with the schedule of works but said the works had not been costed.

“As the developer does not appear to be completing the works we are following up our claim with the bondholders,” he continued.

“As soon as the bondholder confirms payment of our claim, the council can arrange for the works to be carried out.”

The works include tarmac, rejointing of footpaths, clearing of dead trees and cleaning up of sites as well as providing underground services to unfinished houses.

“€94,000 wouldn’t tarmac the roads. It won’t cover the sewer,” Cllr Galvin said. Cllr Francis Foley estimated the sewerage works needed would cost €10,000.

“The road is not huge,” he said.

“The council has been burnt in several estates,” Cllr Jerome Scanlan said.