Only five ghost estates in the county could qualify for funding under the Public Safety Initiative, which is funded by NAMA for unfinished private housing estates with serious public safety concerns.
The five estates are Oughteranny Village in Kilcock, Cluain Ard in Kilmeade, Abbeylands in Castledermot, Millbrook in Timolin and Coneyboro in Athy. The council has confirmed that, while there are no plans to demolish any of the ghost estates in Kildare, funding is being pursued for five estates to the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to address issues such as road subsidence, derelict sites, fencing off unsecured and hazardous areas, capping of pipes, installation of street lighting, closing off access to upper floors, and in one case to complete the estate.
The application status on the funding for the five estates is currently still “under consideration” by the Department.
“By virtue of the fact that we are spending taxpayers money the Department has to be sure that each case is merited,” said the press officer, Sean Dunne, for the Department.
According to Councillor Mark Wall, the Coneyboro Estate in Athy is one of the “more serious” of the five due to collapsed roads, however all the estates need to be finished.
“Some work has been done,” he said. “But it is still a very serious matter for residents.”
Residents of Coneyboro were unavailable for comment as the residents association has been dissolved. However, it was reported in the Leinster Leader last April that the council detected 46 water leaks in the estate and serious road subsidence.