Good news for homeowners on the Lough Ash estate in Newmarket-on-Fergus as progress is being made with regards the taking in charge process by Clare County Council.
Cllr Pat McMahon sought an update on the issue at the recent Shannon Municipal District meeting and was informed that “following lengthy discussions with the bondholder, the bond monies were paid over to Clare County Council in June 2017.
“A pricing document for the works from the available resources is being prepared for this and other developments at present for tendering in early 2018 in order to progress this development to taking in charge.”
“At long last, there’s a positive response,” said Cllr McMahon who has raised this issue numerous times with the council.
He said the estate layout has been problematic and there has been a huge amount of problems that have affected people living there. Cllr McMahon welcomed the news that the council are moving towards taking the estate in charge as soon as possible.
Meetings facilitator Liam Conneally described attempts to resolve this problem as “inertia” and “glacial” given the role being played by the financial institutions, bond-holders etc.
Cllr PJ Ryan commented that it’s about time the taking in charge of all outstanding estates was dealt with as this has been going on for much too long.
According to Cllr Ryan resources are now available to the council for resolving most of the problems so it’s time to get on with it. He added, “people are shying away from this and it’s not on”.