Banishing the ghosts

Published 17/12/2013 | 05:30

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DIRECTOR of development services Eamonn Hore was full of praise for the staff who have been dealing with the problem of unfinished estates around County Wexford in the wake of the property crash.

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Director of development services Eamonn Hore was full of praise for the staff who have been dealing with the problem of unfinished estates around County Wexford in the wake of the property crash.

He reckoned that 62 estates have been brought up to standard during the year but warned that the process was not finished and applications to have the council take over the roads and sewerage in yet more estates were still being received.

In the light of comments expressed on a previous occasion about the Bank of Ireland's reluctance to pay out on bonds, the director was heartened that the bank's attitude appeared to have changed for the better. Progress had been made at meetings with a quantity surveyor hired by Bank of Ireland to deal with the council's unfinished housing department, he revealed.

As a result, Eamonn Hore was optimistic that security bonds will help pay for work on nine estates: Barr na Haille and Thorndale, Rosslare Harbour; Ban na Cheile, Cassagh, New Ross; Stonebrook, Fethard-on-Sea; Shelburne Place, Campile; Oak Park, Ballymurn; Bridgemeadows, Enniscorthy; Cúl na Greine, Kilrane; and Riverchapel Woods, Courtown.

The latest batch of 26 estates where the roads have reached a standard where they have been handed over to the county council comprises:

Gorey:

Beechbrook Park, Kilmuckridge; Seaview Court, Kilmuckridge; Grattan Court, Carnew Road, Gorey; Newborough, Hollyfort Road, Gorey; Oakgrove, Courtown; Chestnut Grove, Hollyfort; Seaview, Poulshone; Ballycanew Court;

New Ross:

Fairgreen, Ballycullane; King's Bay Park, Arthurstown; Rathroe Meadows, Ramsgrange; Whitewater Estuary, Ballyhack; Ardbeg, Newbawn; Fairfield Close, Adamstown;

Wexford:

Crosstown, Ballycogley; Rosehaven, Rosslare Strand; Laurel Grove, Tagoat; Glór na Gaoithe, Cleariestown; Lakeside, Lady's Island; Rectory Walk, Castlebridge; Barryville Court, Rosslare Harbour;

Enniscorthy:

Sliabh Amharc, Enniscorthy; Tulach Gael, Enniscorthy; Ashfield, Blackwater (phases 1 and 2); Cluain Aiteann, Ballyhogue; Ard na Greine, The Ballagh.

A further 74 estates are in the queue to be taken in charge, including a dozen where work is already under way.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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