Residents to decide if they want council to take reins

VOTE ON WHETHER THE SPIRES WILL BE TAKEN IN CHARGE

ALISON COMYN

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:11

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The Spires, Termonfeckin.

THERE IS good news for the start of the new year for one estate in Termonfeckin, as residents will be given the opportunity to vote on whether the council will take the estate in charge.

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Owners of The Spires Termonfeckin will now have the chance to choose whether Louth County Council will take over the estate, according to Drogheda County Councillor Oliver Tully.

' The council continuously informed me over the years that the only option for the taking in charge of the private estate was for the house owners to apply for a plebiscite or vote,' Cllr Tully told the Drogheda Independent.

' They wrote to me and all the residents before Christmas stating that if the majority vote in the plebiscite was for the estate to be taken in charge, they would start the process.'

Developer of the large estate off Big Street was Lavelle and McAlinden, a company which is now gone out of business.

They did not apply for the county council to take the estate in charge, therefore no information on the condition of the roads or services was made available.

The paper bond has expired, so many of the home owners did sign a petition asking the council to look after the estate by taking it in charge.

'If this goes ahead, any works needed to be undertaken in the estate will be assessed by the council and will be prioritised, with necessary works undertaken in a phased basis when funding becomes available,' adds Cllr Tully.

'Even better news is that I have been assured that, after years of campaigning to have the lights repaired within the Spires estate, the officials have finally relented and agreed to release the funds required to replace all of the lights.'

The cost to the council is in the region of €3,000.

'When Airtricity carried out a recent survey to give a quotation for the repair of the lights to the council, it was discovered that the fittings were sub standard and did not conform to current regulations', said Cllr Tully.

'An attempt to replace the bulbs, they said, would only be a futile exercise. When repaired, early in the New Year, 2013, a separate request can be submitted to have the lights taken in charge, which means the lights will be repaired when necessary in future.'

The new bulbs should last for at least two years.

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