There is a “moral obligation” on South Tipp County Council to help homeowners in one Clonmel estate who can not sell their homes.
The residents of a Fethard Road residential development of over 200 houses want South Tipp County Council to take the area ‘in charge’ but this can’t be done until the estate is finished to the council’s satisfaction. According to one county councillor it could take as little as €10,000 to see the matter resolved with a CCTV survey of the estate’s sewage and water infrastructure. At the County Council on Monday, Cllr Michael Murphy said he was approached by two home owners in the Crann Ard estate whose house sales fell through, in the late stages of the process, in recent weeks, because of the status of the area. Also affected are the adjacent Glencarra Close, Glencarra Drive, Glencarra Grove, Glencarra Lawn and Gracefield. Director of Services for Planning, Matt Shortt, is now taking steps to call in the bond on the development.
Cllr Murphy had called on the council to consider using monies from the Development Contribution Fund. He said they had been talking about calling in the bond for six months. He called on the County Manager to take legal action if necessary. “If we can’t call in the bond then there is a moral obligation on the council to find the funds to complete this estate.”
The McInerney Homes development applied to be ‘taken in charge’ in 2007. The council identified issues to be addressed but before they could be completed the company went into receivership in 2011.