Sunday 21 January 2018

Know your rights on frozen pipes

In your report 'Pipes froze as they were not buried deep enough' (Irish Independent, January 23), you quote the document 'Recommendations for Site Development Works for Housing Areas' as to how deep service pipes should be buried. This document is more than a recommendation and most new developments had to comply with it as a condition of planning permission.

So, if compliance was a requirement of the planning permission, then surely local authorities have a legal requirement to investigate any complaints from residents of affected developments?

Developers had to lodge large sums of money with local authorities as bonds to ensure they carried out their work to the required standards. Surely local authorities can use this cash to get the pipes fixed, instead of passing the buck onto the homeowner? More people need to get in contact with their local authority's planning enforcement department.

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