Saturday 20 December 2014

Ghost estates 'will get lighting and footpaths'

Brian Byrne

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

HOMEOWNERS in ghost estates in Co Clare are to have roads, footpaths and lighting brought up to standard after being taken over by local authorities.

Clare County Council has taken in charge 29 housing developments comprising hundreds of properties following the collapse of building companies since the beginning of 2013.

The council also said it is making "steady progress" in addressing the difficulties at 180 developments around the county.

The local authority took over 14 developments last year, with a further 15 developments so far in 2014.

Director of services at the council Gerard Dollard said: "Many of the developments involve receiverships, companies that have been dissolved, liquidations, unfinished and inadequately completed infrastructure, together with complex negotiations with the bond holders, where a bond exists, to secure improvements on the estate."

He said the council has secured funding under the Special Resolution Fund for two developments at Aisling estate on the Shanaway road in Ennis and Bruachlan and Grianán estates in the Westbury development in south east Clare.

The council also intends taking in charge of Ard na Deirge, the partially completed development in Killaloe on which a number of units were purchased before it was abandoned for an eight year period.

Mr Dollard said that following "complex discussions" the development would be completed "to a very high standard".

Irish Independent

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