A legal row has blown up between Kilkenny County Council and the owner of an historic, protected structure in Piltown, south Kilkenny.
The picturesque, 18th Century Belline Lodge is the only building of its kind in Ireland. At this stage, however, it has become largely derelict.
The local authority has served enforcement notices on the owner for failing to carry out works to prevent the protected structure from becoming or continuing to be endangered. Legal proceedings began last October, with five
separate court appearances.
“While the proceedings have been ongoing, the county council has done everything within the legal powers and resources available to us to seek to protect this structure,” said a council statement.
“Unfortunately the cooperation of the owner was not always forthcoming.”
The Irish Georgian Society has expressed serious concerns over the property, which the NIAH lists as a ‘building of national importance’.
A full hearing of the case is set for October 7.