Residents of Abbey West Cottages in Bellharbour received hand-deliverd letters last Tuesday from representatives of receivers Ernst and Young (EY) ‘asking’ them to vacate the dormer style thatched cottages on the edge of the Burren because of “failing fire safety standards”.
The three families and two individual tenants have said they will not move and are angry that EY planned to evict them just days before Christmas leaving them homeless. The residents have also sought legal advice on the matter.
The residents have claimed they were previously informed that although under receivership, their tenancy was secure and they would be given an opportunity to buy.
A spokeswoman for EY said however that the tenants were not served with ‘eviction’ notices and are free to stay in the properties “at their own risk”.
Local artist and singer/songwriter Jim McKee said: “They say we can stay here at our own risk. What risk are they talking about? I’ve been here for 11 years and no one has died. If they are so concerned why haven’t they sent someone to fix things. Why did they give us just 3 days to pack up and move out. I couldn’t pack 11 years of stuff in 3 days and where would I go.”
“All our pre-Christmas has been totally consumed by this. It has knocked the heart out of Christmas for me and my son.”