Council urged to “take in charge” private estates devoid of public lighting

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

Three private housing estates in Carrick-on-Suir are in darkness every night because the public lighting doesn’t work – a situation that has prompted a local councillor to appeal to Town Council to urgently take over the maintenance of services in these areas.

Fine Gael Cllr Margaret Croke has called on the Council to “take in charge” the Manor Gate, Manor Court and Manor View estates in Carrickbeg, which means the local authority would take over the maintenance of their public lighting, water, sewerage and roads.

She issued the call at the Town Council’s latest monthly meeting where she told Council management that nearly all the public lights were not working in these three residential areas and within a few weeks they will be in darkness from 5pm onwards as the winter closes in.

Fianna Fail Cllr Kieran Bourke supported her call. He said the developer of these estates had gone into liquidation and their services urgently needed to be taken in charge by the Council.

“People are in darkness and unfortunately the Council are not legally in a position to repair the lights until the estates are taken in charge,” he said.

Cllr Bourke pointed out that his colleague, Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald, had brought a deputation of residents from these estates to meet Council officials and reports have been compiled by the Council’s engineers.

He praised the Town Council for its response to difficulties with the sewerage pumping station in Manor View over the past year.

“Every time the station broke down, Eoin Powell (town engineer) had someone out to fix it within an hour at a cost to the Council, he said.

Responding to Cllr Croke’s motion, Town Clerk Michael O’Brien confirmed that reports on these estates had been prepared and he promised to come back to the elected council once these reports had been considered.

Assistant Town Engineer Nicola Walsh said the estates were on the Council’s priority list for taking in charge. She said the Council was examining how large were the issues in these estates and she knew that public lighting was a problem.

She pointed out that “taking in charge” an estate came at a cost to the Council.