The street lighting, footpaths, roads, water and sewerage services of four housing estates in Carrick-on-Suir were “taken in charge” by the Town Council last week.
Members of Carrick-on-Suir Town Council approved a proposal to take over responsibility for the services at Glenview Respond housing estate along with the private Tinvane, Deer Park Close and Tanner’s Gate estates at the local authority’s May meeting.
The Glenview estate built in 1995 was the oldest of the estates to be taken in charge.
The meeting heard that the proposal to take the four estates in charge was put out to public consultation and no submissions were received by the Council.
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien said the Council had been requested by the residents of some of these estates on a number of occasions to take over the services.
Mr O’Brien said the four estates “taken in charge” at this month’s Council meeting represented the first phase of the Council’s plan to take in charge all the private housing states estates in the town.
There are now 24 private estates in Carrick-on-Suir that are not taken in charge by the Council.
In order for an estate to be “taken in charge”, the developers must have construction work and landscaping completed as well as services installed to the Council’s satisfaction.
Due to the property market crash, several estates in Carrick-on-Suir built over the past decade have been left uncompleted because construction companies and developers have run into financial difficulty.
Unfinished footpaths, roads and landscaping are among the problems residents in these estates have been trying to resolve.
Mr O’Brien said the Council would works towards getting any outstanding private estates in the town that were completed to its satisfaction taken in charge over the next year.
In the case of estates that weren’t completed in line with the planning permission, the Council would deal with this non-compliance through a different process, he said.
hoped to be working through the outstanding private estates in the town to get them to a stage where they can be taken in charge over the course of this year.
Fianna Fail Cllr Kieran Bourke absented himself from last week’s Town Council meeting while the Counci considered the proposals to take the Tanners Gate and Deer Park estates in charge. He was the developer of both estates.
Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Richie O’Neill requested the Council to cut the small amount of grass in the Glenview estate.
Michael O’Brien said the Council was not obliged to cut the grass in the housing estates it took in charge.
He promised to look at the case of Glenview estate but it was not likely the Council would do the grass cutting there.
He said the residents in an estate generally come together and cut the grass themselves.