KERRY County Council has stepped in to help residents of a Kilcummin estate who have been left with a temporary sewerage tank that overflows on a regular basis.
Mountain View in Kilcummin was built on the basis that the long awaited Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme was due to be in operation shortly after completion. Government red tape, though, has put the scheme on the long finger, resulting in Kerry County Council having to re-apply for funding.
The issue is just one problem affecting homeowners in the estate. Part of a deputation requested by Cllr Breeda Moynihan Cronin which came before Kerry County Council's Killarney area meeting last week, Mountain View Residents Association members Michael Fleming and Paul O'Shea highlighted a range of problems that pose health risks for residents and were potentially lifethreatening for children playing on the estate.
"For instance, we have a boundary wall that is 40 feet deep with protruding bars. Children being children, this is an accident waiting to happen," Mr Fleming stated.
"We were here two years ago when we produced our own engineer and environmental reports and, while there has been a lot of correspondence, nothing has been done since. The children are two years older and are still living in the same conditions," he added.
The deputation was joined by Senator Marie Moloney who agreed that little had happened since she had requested the previous deputation.
"On that occasion we heard of sewage that backs up and flows into a nearby stream which heads off into the lakes and that is still the case," she added.
Association Chairperson, Mr O'Shea acknowledged the support received by Kerry County Council, particularly Water Services engineer Des Fitzgerald, who continues to empty the sewerage tank on regular basis. All councillors at last week's meeting gave their support to the residents' plight.
The developer is understood to have forwarded bonds for the estate's completion but banks have yet to release these. Council officials, though, claim the local authority can not continue to fund works that are not the council's responsibility.
"This is setting a precedent and highlights the difficulties encountered by local authorities who have to rely on banks to release bonds," Area Manager John Breen stated. "It is not the Housing Estate Unit's intention to recommend it for taking in charge given that neither of the two bonds have been paid to date," he added.
It is understood that a receiver, acting on behalf of the banks, has offered to install a waste water treatment unit and provide cash in lieu of paying the bonds. This proposal is to be discussed by senior council management in the coming weeks. The cost of desludging the current tank is to be recouped if accepted.