Steeple View residents in Abbeyleix 'being hung out to dry' by Laois council

Councillor want action at estate

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The residents of Steeple View in Abbeyleix are being hung out to dry by Laois County Council, according to Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley, who is calling for more streetlights to be installed in the area.

At the recent meeting of the municipal district, she proposed a motion calling on the council to complete the works and install the lights at Steeple View, Abbeyleix.

She was informed in a written response from Pat Delaney, administrative officer, planning, that there is no funding available to install these lights.

Attempts have been made to contact the developers but this has proved unsuccessful, said Mr Delaney.

Cllr Dwane Stanley said there were four houses and two developers had built the area and then gone their separate ways. She said that two or three lights needed to go up, with the cables and groundwork already in place.

She said residents had raised the issue with her as there were children in the houses and the area was pitch black at night.

As the area was not taken in charge by the council the councillor could not use her discretionary funding for the works, meaning the four houses “are being hung out to dry”.

“They feel nobody is listening to them in Laois County Council,” she said.

As there are already two lights there, Cllr Willie Aird remarked that if the three additional lights were installed there would be five lights for four houses. To this, Cllr Dwane Stanley pointed out that the three unfinished lights were part of the planning application and restated that she had received complaints from people in the area.

Cllr John Joe Fennelly said that the problem with Cllr Dwane Stanley’s proposal was that it would put pressure on the council from other areas.

“People further up the road are going to be saying put one there, too,” he said.