The Cathaoirleach of Leixlip Town Council, Joseph Neville, has expressed disappointment at the reaction of Kildare County Council to the independent survey undertaken on the Youth & Community facility in Newtown House.
The Leixlip Youth Premises Group (LYPG) commissioned the survey which took place on the 12/13 April 2012 by ORS Consulting Engineers.
He said the survey identified a number of problems with the building and issued a multitude of recommendations but the primary conclusions are as follows
“Some of the defects appear to be as a result of incorrect design, such as the gradients on the foul
Pipework. This this item in particular is a significant issue and will remain so unless significant costs are spent on remediating the
drainage system. Other issues such as issues with roof drainage and flashing and the quality of finishes are likely to be a result of poor
workmanship, but could also be a result of poor detailing of the building and lack of oversight of the building works by the designers
and client. It appears that the original designers, contractor and Kildare County Council were satisfied to accept a building that was
built with some serious defects and a range of more minor defects”.
Cllr. Neville LYPG Ltd was awarded Central Government Funding for the construction of a Youth and Community Centre, at Newtown House, Leixlip following successful application. Kildare County Council was appointed by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government as the
Managing Agent of the Construction Contract. The Grant was paid to Kildare County Council whose responsibility it was to manage the
construction of the building.
Cllr. Neville said in their response to my question at the Celbridge area committee Kildare County Council acknowledge that there
are issues but suggest that the issues are caused due to lack of on-going maintenance on behalf of the LYPG rather than any original
failings as is suggested by the report.
He said he has requested that KCC meet with the LYPG to deal with the problems in a concise manner and hold accountable the people who are responsible for the many issues with the construction of the Youth and Community Centre.