Less than half of allocated money used

KIlkenny County Council has not used up all of the money that was allocated to it for fixing urgent safety problems in unfinished housing estates.

KIlkenny County Council has not used up all of the money that was allocated to it for fixing urgent safety problems in unfinished housing estates.

The Minister of state for housing, Michael Finneran allocated €202,909 to Kilkenny County Council to make six unfinished housing estates in Kilkenny safe places to live.

The housing estates that were earmarked to receive the money were, Tougher way, Urlingford; The Paddocks, Gowran; Farmlea Manor, Ferrybank; Cois na Beara, Graignamanagh; Dangan, Thomastown; Castlehyde Park, Rosbercon, New Ross and Christendom, Abbeylands.

The funding for all of the estates was not required as the developers on two estates engages with the planning authorities to rectify the issues. Two more estates were the property of the National Asset Management Agency who provided alternative funding to complete the necessary works.

In all the council only took up €76,306 of the money that was allocated to them. Togher Way in Urlingford received over €30,000 in funding, The Paddocks, Gowran received €16,000 and Christendom in Abbeylands received €25,000.

Cllr Fidelis O’Doherty (Fine Gael) asked if the remaining money could be redirected into other projects. However, Director of Services, John McCormack said that the money couldn’t be diverted elsewhere.