Wexford People

| 6°C Dublin

O'driscoll among those in holiday home water dispute

SEAFIELD Demesne Management was last week ordered by the High Court to restore water supply to holiday homes at Seafield, near Ballymoney in North County Wexford, once they pay €2,000 each in service charge fees.

Thirty-two holiday home owners, including Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll ( pictured), sought an injunction ordering the company not to interfere with the water and sewage services to the houses.

A dispute has been ongoing between the management company and the holiday home owners in the Ballymoney Golf resort, over the amount of the annual service charge. The water supply was cut off last March to the 60 house development.

Mr Justice Kevin Feeney last week granted an injunction to the home owners ordering the management company not to interfere with the water and sewage services to the houses. He ordered the company to restore the water supply within seven days to the properties that were cut off, provided a payment of €2,000 is made by each of the residents.

The owners had offered to pay this amount, € 64,000 in total, at the beginning of the injunction hearing, pending the outcome of full legal proceedings. The residents have paid €207,000 into a solicitor's account to cover four years charges up to 2011, and the judge ordered the balance of this money, after € 64,000 is paid from it, be placed in an account controlled by solicitors for both parties, until the dispute is resolved.

Efforts are being made through mediation to resolve the matter, the court heard. The home owners contend the company didn't itemise properly and justify the charges it imposed, while the company argued the charges were agreed at the time of purchase.

Brian O'Driscoll did promotional work with Seafield at the time of the development of the houses on the old Seafield estate.