Wednesday 19 June 2019

Glending residents may sue the County Council

Dianne Gallagher, Glen Ding Estate, Blessington. Photo Joe Byrne
Dianne Gallagher, Glen Ding Estate, Blessington. Photo Joe Byrne
Glen Ding Estate, Blessington. Photo Joe Byrne
Wesley Hopkins, Glen Ding Estate, Blessington. Photo Joe Byrne

The residents of Glending Housing Estate in Blessington have sought legal advice with a view to bringing a joint lawsuit against Wicklow County Council.

The estate consists of 69 social and 14 affordable houses and is considered one of the most problematic in the county.

Completed in 2009, Glending has suffered from flooding problems, leaking sewerage, damp, mould, electrical issues and plaster falling off the walls.

Now fed-up residents are considering legal action unless the issues making their lives a misery are tackled once and for all.

Wicklow County Council has already started High Court proceedings against the architect, engineer, contractor and lime render consultants responsible for the estate.

A recent meeting organised by the Glending Residents Association and the Blessington and District Forum was attended by Deputies Billy Timmins, Andrew Doyle and Simon Harris. Fellow TDs Anne Ferris and Stephen Donnelly couldn't attend but both have voiced their support for the residents campaign.

Carmel Cashin, Chairperson of the Glending Residents Association, says, 'Stephen already had a walk around Glending in November so he is aware of the problems we face on a daily basis. We want the TDs in the county to work collectively. Wicklow TDs have an excellent track record when working together. This was all agreed by Billy, Andrew and Simon on the night.'

Residents also formally request a meeting with Minister Phil Hogan and want the Government to provide an additional €7 million to Wicklow County Council so the estate can be brought up to the required standard. They maintain the County Council can then pay back the Department once its High Court case is resolved.

The Glending Residents Association also seeks an exact cost breakdown of the €2.3 million already allocated to address the defects.

The Association has also presented the County Council with a list of thirteen questions on the specifics of work carried out so far in the estate, and on what is planned for the future. Amongst the council's replies is a commitment to carry out further work there, but no timeline or estimated completion date was specified.

Wicklow People