An unfinished estate in Portlaoise where several houses have been badly vandalised and are easily accessible could soon be the responsibility of County Hall.
While several houses in the Aghnaharna development are boarded up, the vandalised houses are also close to new schools and back onto occupied homes. While some hoarding fences have been erected, the site is easily accessible to the public, despite no trespass warning signs.
Cllr Caroline Dwane is challenging the developer to now step up to the mark and resolve all the problems. She said the vacant houses have had windows smashed and copper robbed.
At the recent Portlaoise Town Council meeting, Cllr Dwane asked for an updated report on Aghnaharna .
In reply, Ms Carmel McNicholl, senior executive officer with the county council’s planning department, said that the developer of Aghnaharna has submitted a letter asking the council to take the estate in charge. The council is currently liaising with the developer to rectify outstanding works.
“This process is nearing completion,” concluded Ms McNicoll’s reply.
But Cllr Dwane insisted that there were a number of vacant houses in the estate which had been completely vandalised. She also said that the hoarding around one of the houses has fallen.
“I first raised this in December 2011, that’s when I first flagged Aghnaharna, what sort of resolution will come about?” Cllr Dwane asked. “The developer needs to step up to the mark, that area has come on so well. If the vacant houses are addressed, that will bring the estate to completion,” she said.