Derrinturn anger at unfinished estate

Residents of Graces Park, Derrinturn, say they are extremely angry and frustrated with the way they are being treated by the developer in their unfinished estate.

Residents of Graces Park, Derrinturn, say they are extremely angry and frustrated with the way they are being treated by the developer in their unfinished estate.

They have reported a number of problems such as street lights not working, manhole covers in the children’s playing green, an open sewerage pipe, a steel plate covering a trench in the roadway at entrance to their estate, health and safety issues, an unfenced open ditch, unfinished kerbs and roadways.

The paths are so high outside the entrance to their homes that the residents have to place planks on the road in order to get their cars safely into their driveways.

One lady who lives alone complained about the street light outside her home, which has not worked for a number of weeks.

She says she lives in terror every night.

She said that there are rodents in the field beside to her house and she keeps her windows closed in case they might enter her room.

One resident has reported falling into an open ditch at the entrance at the estate while out walking his dog. He felt he was lucky not to have been badly injured while trying to avoid an attack from another dog.

The residents say they are not prepared to pay the Household Charge until their estate is finished and left in a safe condition.

One resident told local councillor Seamus Langan that she had paid good money for her house and “wanted everything put right by the developer”.

Sheamus Farrell, Chairman of the newly formed Derrinturn Community Development Group recently joined Councillor Langan on a tour of the estate, and reported being shocked at the amount of serious issues there - and the fact that the residents are been ignored by the developer.

Cllr. Langan said that something would have to be done immediately to rectify the problems at Graces Park before a serious accident occured and he called on the developer to finish the work.

One resident, Paddy Crowe, explained that there are a number of un-finished elements to the estate which effectively leave it “an accident waiting to happen”.

“Only one car can enter or exit the estate at a time, and a large hole at the entrance also means thatcars must cross over the white centre line to exit the estate.

“If there was ever a crash, you could be in trouble because you’ve to cross that line.”

“The road in the estate is not complete. Only about three of the lights work

Another major cause of concern are pipes that go down 10 feet into the ground which are not covered over and which, residents believe, small toddlers could fall down.

“There was a child missing in a housing estate up the road a while ago. He turned out to the be fine but he was down a manhole,” Paddy said.