Martina Devlin: Exorcise ghost estates or we'll be haunted forever
Published 07/07/2011 | 05:00
Lanky weeds colonise courtyard gardens, uncurtained windows draw the eye into unplastered, vacant rooms
DELAY is no longer an option. Housebuyers are not suddenly going to materialise for the ghost estates scratched into the countryside, and banks have no enthusiasm for providing finance even if people are inclined to take on the debt.
We can't keep waiting for the tide to turn. It's ignoring the problem to leave these unoccupied, sometimes unfinished developments in place -- a creaking reminder of more foolish days.