Council told ‘stand firm’ on unfinished estates

A local authority has been urged “to stand tough and firm” in relation to getting work completed on unfinished housing estates.

In Kerry, a significant amount of work remains to be done in several such estates since the collapse of the boom.

Problems in the Killarney area were highlighted at a meeting of local county councillors who complained about lack of progress on estates in Castleisland, Kilcummin, and Firies, especially.

Complaints centred on inadequate sewers and sewage treatment systems, and frustration was voiced about delays in getting work finished to the standards required under planning conditions.

The situation at the Mountain View estate in Kilcummin was raised by Cllr Michael Gleeson.

“All this is very unfair and unacceptable. People there are also concerned about the risk of pollution from the existing treatment plant and there may be some elements of pollution already,” he said.

Officials told the meeting a mutual agreement had been reached between the council and receiver, including replacement of the treatment plant and €150,000 in compensation towards other works.

Confirmation of acceptance of the offer is awaited from the receiver.

It also emerged an offer of €185,000 has been made to the council to complete work at Greenfields, in Firies.

However, Cllr Brendan Cronin, who pointed out this is considerably less than the bond of €300,000 lodged initially by the developer, was not satisfied with the “horse trading” that was going on.

“The council should stand tough and firm to ensure the conditions of planning are acted upon,” he said.

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