Council awaiting Minister's decision

Published 25/09/2012 | 14:40

The council faced a number of questions on the pyrite crisis during the first Fingal County Council meeting of the new term.

THE COUNCIL said it is for the Minister for the Environment to decide how local authorities should react to the findings of the Pyrite Panel report into the destruction of thousands of homes by the mineral disease.

Pressed on the issue for the implications for Fingal County Council of the report, the local authority told Cllr. David McGuinness (FF): ' The Pyrite Panel report has highlighted in numerous sections that Fingal County Council reacted quickly and positively when pyrite first became an issue in 2007, for example – ' This report documents the response of Fingal County Council to the discovery of pyrite in hardcore supplied and used in the Fingal area. The approach it adopted, in addition to actions by others, was successful in containing the use of contaminated hardcore from mid-2007'. 'The Pyrite Panel Report was carried out on behalf of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. As this is a national issue, the decision to act or otherwise on the recommendations within the Pyrite Panel report predominately lies with the minister. 'Currently the building control system of self certification places responsibility on the designers, builders and property owners. 'However, there are new Building Control (amendment) Regulations which are coming into effect on the 1st January 2013, that will place a much greater responsibility on the appointment of certifiers and the certificates of compliance themselves. 'Furthermore, the new Regulations require the certificates of compliance to be registered with the Local Authority (LA), thus giving the LA much more control on the compliance certificates.'

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