Councillors visit Ballylynch to view progress of regeneration scheme

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s elected members visited the Mountain View neighbourhood of the Ballylynch estate this week to view the progress of the regeneration scheme constructions works.

Working is currently underway on a E376,000 emergency works contract to make safe the regeneration scheme building sites dotted around Mountain View that were abruptly abandoned and left unfinished in April when Galway based contractor Atlantic Developments went into receivership.

Roscrea based DPB Construction has worked on this contract since the beginning of August. When its job is finished the Council will appoint a new contractor to complete the remainder of the regeneration scheme, which involves giving council owned homes in Mountain View a facelift, the building of several new homes and construction of a new roadway in the estate.

Town councillors toured the Mountain View estate on Monday with representatives of Town Council management and the contractors.

At the Council’s monthly meeting last week, Town Clerk Michael O’Brien reported that progress on the emergency works contract has been reasonably good. Guttering repairs were finished completed and work had commenced on finishing house porches while work was to start this week on roadways.

There were still issues but the Council was working through them,” he told councillors.

The Town Clerk also reported that September 27 was the deadline for tenders for the contract to finish the Mountain View regeneration scheme. This contract will commence after the completion of the emergency works.

Fianna Fail Cllr Kieran Bourke asked when the new houses in Mountain View were due to be finished and when would tenants be appointed to move into them.

Mr O’Brien responded that the houses were very close to completion and the Council hoped to appoint tenants to them in the next few months.

“We won’t be waiting for the estate to be finished before appointing tenants because we have had issues with vacancies there in the past. The houses are built to a high specification with solar panels,” he explained.