Hope for Portarlington housing estate to be taken in charge

Hope for Portarlington housing estate to be taken in charge

Railway Mews in Portarlington, Laois

A housing estate built in the boom in Portarlington is still awaiting being taken under Laois County Council’s wing.

Railway Mews estate has about 100 homes, built by Kingscroft Developments, who have yet to complete necessary pipeworks to enable Laois County Council to take on responsibility for it.

Cllr Aidan Mullins has been submitting motions since 2015 to get progress updates, and had his latest motion heard at the monthly meeting of the Portarlington Graiguecullen Municipal District last Wednesday December 13.

The reply was from Michael Malone, senior engineer in the council water services.

“Water services are finalising reports for the taking in charge of four estates, including Rahin Wood, Ballylinan. Railway Mews will be inspected in February 2018,” Mr Malone reported.

Cllr Mullins then listed his previous four motions about the estate, urging pressure with the developer, up to last October when he was told the estate was advertised for taking in charge.

“How is the developer allowed to be so dismissive of the council’s requests to carry out the remaining works in an estate that has been completed for years and all houses sold? Are there no powers of enforcement available to the planning department in cases like this?” he asked.

Cllr Mullins is hopeful that the February inspection will bear fruit.

“Following this I expect that the estate will be advertised for taking in charge,” he said.

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