Cash set aside for estates to be taken over by borough council

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

Kilkenny Borough Council has set aside €90,000 for improvement works to a number of private housing developments in the city, which it now proposes to take in charge.

Kilkenny Borough Council has set aside €90,000 for improvement works to a number of private housing developments in the city, which it now proposes to take in charge.

On completion of that statutory process, an ‘action plan’ will be prepared to carry out works over a three-year period.

Some of the developments have been constructed and occupied for many years. In some cases, the developers are no longer in business and have carried out works to bring the estates to a reasonable sandard.

The privately-constructed residential areas are: Loreto Lodge, Loreto Park, Bridgeview Gardens, St Maul’s, Kilsheelan Heights, Rose Hill Court, Archers Avenue, Fr Walsh Close, Kellys Lane, Market Square, College View, College Court and Gashouse Square.

Some of these developments are in very good condition and no expenditure is required. Others have deteriorated and require attention.

The council has already set aside €60,000 in previous budgets, and has now provided a further €30,000 this year.

The borough council is also to take in charge a number of local authority developments. No additional expenditure is required in these areas.

They are: McCauley Place, Fr McManus Square, St Mary’s Group Housing, Plas Ui Dubhslaine, Fr Albert Square, the Old School House, and Tommy Martin Place.

Fianna Fail councillor Joe Reidy said the borough council should proceed with the plan before the council is abolished in May.

“I propose that we go ahead with this,” he said.

“People living in these areas have contacted all of us at some stage. I think it would be good to take care of it.”

Investigations and discussions are ongoing about a number of other estates in the borough, which have applied to be taken in charge. In most cases, Insurance Bonds or cash deposits are in place, which will be used to carry out any necessary improvements.