Lights out at Newbridge’s Liffey Hall housing estate

The issue with no public lighting at local housing estate Liffey Hall in Newbridge was raised at this month’s council meeting.

The issue with no public lighting at local housing estate Liffey Hall in Newbridge was raised at this month’s council meeting.

Cllr Willie Hamilton raised the motion whether the Town Manager could address the dangerous situation regarding the lack of public lighting at The Heath, Liffey Hall.

The meeting heard that Kildare County Council has called in the bond and the council is currently in the “early stages of negotiations with the bond provider”.

A number of issues have already arisen regarding the sewage disposal system and public lighting in the estate and the residents have requested that the estate is taken-in-charge.

“It would be prudent to investigate these issues to ascertain whether or not remedial works are required and whether these works can be funded from the bond,” members heard. “To this end development control staff are liaising with the bond provider.”

The meeting also heard that the council has to agree with the bond provider how to proceed before it can take the estate in charge.

Cllr Hamilton described a situation which should be straight forward as being ‘very long fingered’,

Cllr Micheal ‘Spike’ Nolan said it was “embarrassing” for councillors and very frustrating for the residents when the estate did not make the recent list for estates to be taken in charge.

“I was surprised that it wasn’t on the list to be taken-in-charge,” he said. “The residents are getting it in the neck and it is embarrassing for us.”

Cllr Hamilton said the residents believed everything that they had been told up to now and have been left disappointed.

“They are back at square one,” he said. “Town Manager you did tell us that [it would be taken in charge]. It doesn’t make us look good.”

The Town Manager John Lahart told the meeting that budget is not there to do it. I’ll see if I can produce a budget to follow through on the commitments I made. I’ll follow through and update.”