THE “long, ongoing saga” of the problems with the pumping stations in Woodgrove in Portlaoise looks set to continue, as County Hall have still not been able to call in the bond on the estate.
At the recent town council meeting, Cllr Caroline Dwane called on the county council to ensure the pumping stations are up to a proper standard and are kept working properly. Cllr Dwane said that the residents have written to the council and asked for the estate to be taken in charge.
She was informed by the town clerk, Susan Rooney that the estate is not in the charge of the county council and the water service is looking after it.
“It’s a long, ongoing saga and the council are in the process of calling in the bond,” said Cllr Dwane. “When the pumps stop working in the estate the alarms in the pumping stations go off for days. The residents find a strong odour coming into their houses and spillage on the roads.”
Cllr Alan Hand added that there is also a problem with subsiding walls in the estate, although he said that the council had made every effort to resolve the issue of the pumping stations.
Cllr Jerry Lodge asked was the bond still current. “There’s a time limit on the bond and the problem has been there for some time,” he said.