Legal action taken over Portlaoise estate

Laois County Council have been forced to bring legal proceedings over a refusal to release cash for work on an unfinished estate off Portlaoise’s Mountrath Road.

Laois County Council have been forced to bring legal proceedings over a refusal to release cash for work on an unfinished estate off Portlaoise’s Mountrath Road.

At a recent meeting of Portlaoise Town Council, Cllr Jerry Lodge called on all parties involved to co-operate with the council so that the completion of Rockview Estate can be expedited as a matter of urgency.

But in a written reply to the meeting, Denise Rainey, Planning said the council was planning to use the money raised from the bonds to complete any outstanding works in the estate. Bonds are a type of an insurance taken out by developers in the event that work cannot be finished.

“Laois County Council made a call on the two bonds held in respect of this development in 2010. The Council is planning to use the bond monies to complete the outstanding works in the estate.

“The bond holder is refusing to honour both of the bonds (claiming they are only liable for one bond) and Laois County Council have instigated legal proceedings in an attempt to acquire the monies held in respect of both bonds,” she said.

Cllr Jerry Lodge said the council were bending over backwards to get the estate finished.

“All they want is the finances to carry out the work. The receivers have been causing the council endless trouble. It’s up to us to follow up on this rigorously, the financial institution should pay the bond,” he said.

Cllr Alan Hand said the Council had carried out some work in the hope that they would be reimbursed by the bond.

“The council have finished the footpaths and the landscaping. They carried out this work in the hope that they would be reimbursed. It’s disappointing to hear that both bonds are in doubt.”

While Cllr Willie Aird, said he had been approached by three people who live in the estate.

“The council have been proactive on this. Kieran Keogh tried to sort the problem out,” he said.

Cllr Aird said Rockview was one of the Laois estates exempt from paying the Household charge, an indication of bad the estate was.