Garden Village ‘in limbo’, as council check legal options

Laois County Council are checking whether the contractor has the legal right to remove tarmac from Garden Village.

Laois County Council are checking whether the contractor has the legal right to remove tarmac from Garden Village.

The news emerged at last week’s town council meeting, when Cllr Jerry Lodge and Cllr Caroline Dwane both put forward motions requesting an update on the estate.

Cllr Dwane informed the meeting that residents in Garden Village have received a letter from the contractor, Mr Eugene Lacey, saying the tarmac would be removed from the road. She asked whether Laois County Council have the power to prevent this.

Town manager, Mr Michael Rainey replied that he was unsure of the legal position, but he would refer to the planning department to get legal advice.

“That estate is not taken over, it’s in limbo,” remarked mayor, Cllr Willie Aird. “That person bought the tar, laid it, and wasn’t paid for it. Laois County Council got money from the bond and he never got one shilling.”

It was also announced that water services are commencing work on the pump station in the estate, and a list of works is currently being prepared to send out to tender.