Port unfinished estate bill nearly €500,000

Almost €500,000 will be spent on four estates in Portarlington left unfinished by the collapse in the building boom.

Almost €500,000 will be spent on four estates in Portarlington left unfinished by the collapse in the building boom.

An outline of the work in Port was detailed to Laois councillors last week. Work got underway this Monday on a €30,000 project at the Corrig Glen estate in Port. More than €22,500 has already been spent demolishing an unfinished apartment block in the estate.

This money comes from the special Government fund to clean up unfinished estates but Laois County Council expects the final bill for Corrig Glen could run to €150,000. Officials are attempting to call €100,000 from the insurance bond to finish the estate. Legal action is being pursued against the developer as part of steps to call in the bond. Work on the roads and lights will be finished if the bond money is reclaimed.

Work is nearing completion at the Sli na Mona estate on the Edenderry Road where the final bill could run to €320,000. The entire €290,000 insurance bond was handed over to finish the estate. Extensive work had to be carried out after the developers walked away from the site despite the fact that many people had bought houses in the estate.

Meanwhile, €5,000 has already been made available for work at Pine Villas whiel €10,000 has will be spent at the Wilton Lawns housing estate.

Kieran Kehoe, acting director of serivces for Port gave the update on unfinished estate to Port area councillors last week.

Councillors praised Laois County Council in the work carried out to date on the unfinished estates.