Derelict building owners to be pursued

OWNERS of derelict buildings in Tullamore are being warned they face being levied as Tullamore Town Council moves to address the issue in the town.

OWNERS of derelict buildings in Tullamore are being warned they face being levied as Tullamore Town Council moves to address the issue in the town.

An update on the issue was provided at Thursday’s meeting of Tullamore Town Council.

Cllr Sinead Dooley, Cathaoirleach, commended the work already done on the issue. “It’s good that the Council is tackling this,” she added.

Ruth McNally, Town Clerk, outlined that there are currently 16 sites classified as derelict in the town and the Council is pursuing the issue. “This is not something that is being done lightly,” she said.

Explaining that the onus was on business owners to take care of their buildings, Ms McNally said in a bid to address the sites in the town, the Council will obtain the market value of the buildings and then a levy will be applied to the buildings, representing 3% of the market value. The Town Clerk warned that the Council intended to apply the levies to affected buildings shortly. “This is quite a serious thing,” she said, adding that the list of derelict buildings was available for public inspection.

Ms McNally pointed out that derelict building owners carry out the work to their properties they will be removed from the list of derelict sites. Cllr Molly Buckley noted that some property owners “just didn’t have the money to do the works.”

Cllr Dooley encouraged people on the list to come in and speak with the Council officials in relation to their sites.