Below par sewerage station in Ballybrittas housing estate

Laois County Council have requested the builder’s bond at Graigueaverne housing estate in Ballybrittas, to upgrade the sewerage pumping station so they can take the estate in charge.

Laois County Council have requested the builder’s bond at Graigueaverne housing estate in Ballybrittas, to upgrade the sewerage pumping station so they can take the estate in charge.

A progress update will be given in the coming weeks, following a motion by Sinn Féin Cllr Aidan Mullins from Portarlington.

The estate is “well finished and well maintained” according to Director of Services Kieran Kehoe, who nonetheless said the sewerage pumping station was below standard and needs to be upgraded before the council will take the estate in charge.

“The pumping station is working grand at the moment but in order to bring it up to the standard where it can be taken in charge, extensive works need to be done. There are about fifty houses there, it is a substantial enough estate, and appears well finished regarding roads and lights to be fair,” he said at the April meeting of the Portarlington Graiguecullen municipal district.

Cllr Mullins said the issue “keeps cropping up” and has been raised before by Cllr Tom Mulhall.

“Progress does not seem to be made, I know the difficulty with the pumping station, but this is dragging on,” he said, querying if the builders bond held by the council is enough to bring the pump up to standard.

Cllr Mulhall seconded his motion, noting that the long term plan is to connect up houses in Ballybrittas village to the pumping station in the housing estate.

“There is a possibility that 38 to 40 houses would be connected, with sewage pumped on to Portarlington. It would alleviate a lot of problems with individual tanks. I am sure the residents would like to see the village taken in charge,” he said.

The reply from the council’s planning department is that outstanding issues need to be resolved.

“An updated inspection will be carried out in the coming weeks. A call has been made on the bond to the Special Liquidators,” replied senior officer Carmel McNicholl.