Laois County Council intend to place a vandalised apartment block in Portarlington on the Derelict Sites Registrar, following a site inspection.
The council have issued a Section 8 (2) notice to the owner of Block 12 Corrig Glen, which is a notice of their intention to enter the block on the list.
The action will give the council powers to direct the owner to do work to improve the site.
Cllr Aidan Mullins had requested a site inspection during the last three monthly meetings.
“Block 12 would (qualify as derelict) I firmly believe that. NAMA now have all the empty blocks sealed. I believed the threat of dereliction would make them take action, and it did,” he said at the June meeting of the Portarlington Graiguecullen municipal district.
Cllr Tom Mulhall queried if the block could qualify as derelict.
“It’s not long constructed. There are units for sale, if they are sold it will make a huge difference,” he said.
Director of Services Kieran Kehoe replied that dereliction was based on “aesthetics, from an external point of view”.
Block 12 is one of five apartment blocks in the estate on Station Road, built just before the building boom collapsed. Just two out of 15 large apartments in block 12 are inhabited, the rest vandalised and stripped back by thieves. The block is still advertised for sale, with no offers made on it.
The council also have advised its water services section to follow up on the inspection, under the heading of Dangerous Structures.