Laois County Council decision to move to take in charge one of the worst unfinished housing developments left behind in the wake of the building boom.
Corrig Glen estate is made up of five apartment blocks, one of which is completely boarded up. It had been completely vandalised.
There is a low occupancy rate in the other blocks. The duplex apartments, which are not suitable for council housing, include people who own their homes and are renting.
The estate has presented many problems for residents. At one stage the roof blew off one of the buildings. The boarded up block attracted a lot of anti-social behaviour.
NAMA has been indirectly involved in the estate.
Cllr Aidan Mullins agreed that the council should take responsibility for roads, lighting, sewerage and water but accepted that the council was “entering into new terrority” as many apartments were not habitable.
The estate is understood to have benefited from the Special Site Resolution Fund of €120,000 granted to Laois County Council .
Moves were made last year to place a severely vandalised apartment block on the derelict sites register.
It is one of ten estates to be taken in charge before the end of the year. The others are: Augharna Court, Portlaoise; The Village, Ballylinan; Carriglea, Killenard; Cross of Newtown, Ballyroan; Knockamoe Lane, Abbeyleix; Radharc na Seibhne, Mountrath; Bruach na hAbhann, Maganey; Ossory Court, Borris-in-Ossory; New Line Close, Mountrath.
Representations or objections may be made in writing to Laois County Council in relation to the taking in charge process of these estates by 4.30pm on Wednesday, November 9.
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