Thursday 17 October 2019

Developer 'not exactly playing ball' as road outside new estate is 'appalling'

Maria Herlihy

A contractor was described as "not exactly playing ball" with Cork County Council on the condition of a road outside a finished second phase of houses in Blarney.

Andy O'Brien, engineer at CCC told the Blarney Macroom Municipal District meeting that there are special contributions in place for Courtbrack in Blarney and he said CCC may opt to go down the legal route, but  this may in turn prolong what he said were the "current problems at Courtbrack."

However, Cllr Bob Ryan (FF) stressed that a meeting needs to be called "preferably next week" with the developers. 

"I have met him (the developer)  on numerous occasions and they are committed and that road was in a bad state long before the builders came in. We need to invite them in and sit down and discuss all of this. I would even push for this to happen early next week," said Cllr Ryan. 

The Corkman made contact with the developers on Wednesday morning who refuted the views at the meeting. 

"We have absolutely no problem in meeting Cork County Council. We have our contributions paid and all the boxes ticked. We are not walking away from anything that we are responsible for," one of the contractors told The Corkman this Wednesday. 

"Water seems to be the issue here and we have offered to put in a gulley but I do not think it is warranted to say at a meeting that the road is in a bad state. 

"We have been doing all that we can on our side. We are even meeting an engineer today from Cork County Council today on this but, again, we have no issue in holding a meeting with the Council on this," the contractor added. 

At the meeting on Monday, Cllr Kevin Conway (Ind) described the condition of the road as being  " a fiasco".   

"The contractor is not answering any calls and the contractor is now building more houses. There is no respect being shown to the people living in Courtbrack," Cllr Conway said.

"Some of [area engineer] Andy O'Brien's team have been up there to try and sort it out but there is nothing happening only pussyfooting about." 

At Courtbrack in Blarney, the second phase of houses has been completed of which there are about 60 houses. However, Mr O'Brien said the problem is with the road outside the houses. The third phase of houses is being started by the same contractor who completed the second phase. 

Chairing the meeting, Cllr Ted Lucey (FG) said the situation at Courtbrack is "appalling". 

Mr O'Brien said: "We must talk to our own legal team here. We need to get the ball rolling on this." He told the meeting that the developer had told him he would not "do any more work on the road and he told me that to my face."

Cllr Lucey felt the only option available was to go down the legal route.  But Cllr Ryan felt that would be of "no benefit for the people who are living at Courtbrack as if it goes down the legal route it will result in further delays." 

Cllr Lucey also felt that if there was any bonds in place, then they should be "pulled in right now". 

Cllr Kevin Conway was of the view that if CCC did opt to go down the legal route then "it would show all developers in Cork"  that the legal department at CCC meant business.

 After a long discussion, Cllr Ryan said the best option was to aim to hold a meeting next week with the developer and to pull in the bonds. 

"We should look for a meeting and if they refuse, then they refuse. But we should look for one. As I said earlier, I met the developer and they are comitted and that road was in a bad state long before the builders came in," said Cllr Ryan.