Council set to take in charge Portlaoise estate

Council set to take in charge Portlaoise estate

The taking in charge process by Laois County Council of Woodgrove in Portlaoise in underway, with tenders for the pumping station currently being assessed.

Cllr Dwane Stanley called on the council to give an update as to the ownership and plans for the vacant site at Woodgrove Lawns Estate and a progress report on the pumping station in Woodgrove and a time scale for taking the estate in charge.

She received a written response from Mr Pat Delaney, administrative officer, planning, saying that this site is going through a legal transfer at present.

Laois County Council have received seven tenders for the pumping station which have been referred to water services to assess.

Cllr Dwane Stanley inquired about the ownership of the site, as a year ago she was informed it belonged to NAMA. Letters were issued to the registered owner, but no response came back.

Director of services, Mr Kieran Kehoe said the council was working towards transferring the site into council ownership.

Welcoming this news, Cllr Dwane Stanley said the pumping station was holding up the whole issue, but a lot of work had already been completed.

She also said there was an outstanding issue with the direction of the lights at the entrance of the estate, and expressed her hope that the estate would be taken in charge this year.