Construction work commenced this week on making safe the unfinished building sites dotted around part of Carrick-on-Suirâ€™s Ballylynch housing estate where a regeneration scheme stopped abruptly in April when the building firm went into receivership.
Carrick-on-Suir Town Council signed the E376,000 emergency works contract for the Mountain View neighbourhood of Ballylynch with Roscrea based contractor DPB Construction last Tuesday, July 31. The contractor shortly afterwards moved onto the site and work commenced on Monday.
Carrick-on-Suirâ€™s Acting Town Manager Jim Harney said the safety works will take about three months to complete and in the meantime the tendering process for the main contract to complete the Mountain View regeneration scheme is progressing.
Mr Harney said the main contract to finish the scheme wonâ€™t commence until the contractor carrying out the safety works is finished.
He apologised to the people of Ballylynch for the inconvenience caused to them and thanked them for their patience and tolerance.
Frustration and anger was voiced by several councillors at the Town Councilâ€™s last meeting over the delay in commencing the safety works at Mountain View.
But Mr Harney pointed out that Carrick-on-Suir Town Council had got the works at Ballylynch underway more quickly than other local authorities left with unfinished housing projects when Atlantic Developments went into receivership.
The Galway based firm that was carrying out the E2m regeneration Mountain View regeneration contract went into receivership in April about three months before it was scheduled to finish the project.
The unfinished building sites pose significant health and safety dangers for local residents. Some council owned homes have been left with half completed halls and front porches. Others are waiting for fascia and soffits to be installed and for their front gardens to be finished. There are also roadways, footpaths and several new homes unfinished.