23 Jan 2022

Council urged to take charge of roads and services in Offaly housing estate


The council has been called on to take charge of roads and services in an Offaly housing estate

Offaly County Council has been urged to take charge of roads and services in a housing estate in the county.

Local councillors for Edenderry, Mark Hackett and Noel Cribbin have redoubled their efforts to have Offaly County Council take responsibility for the roads and services in Clonmullen Hall Estate in Edenderry. 

Cllr Hackett said “I have spent the last number of months researching what can be done to help the residents. The roads and services are in a terrible state due to subsidence. I have concluded that the best solution for residents is that Offaly County Council takes the estate ‘in charge’. This means that the County Council would take responsibility for the maintenance of all roads, footpaths, water mains, drainage services, public lighting etc. When I raised the idea with the Council it was pushed back due to the likely high cost of repairing the damage. However, I am convinced that the cost, while very important, is not a reason to leave the residents in the situation they are in.”

Cllr Noel Cribbin agrees “I fully support the residents of Clonmullen Hall in their efforts to have the estate ‘ taken in charge ‘  by Offaly County Council. I have seen at first hand the issues in Clonmullen Hall and the problems caused to the residents who purchased their homes in good faith. After years of frustration and stress I hope that every effort is made by all concerned to rectify the issues for the residents.”

The duo have asked the Management Company of the estate to conduct a full survey of the residents and owners as is provided for under the legislation on taking in charge of estates. When this survey is complete they are committed to pursuing the wishes of the majority of the residents. May the road rise to meet them.

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