Unfinished estates left in darkness

SOME residents of unfinished estates are being forced to change street light bulbs and others are being left in complete darkness.

SOME residents of unfinished estates are being forced to change street light bulbs and others are being left in complete darkness.

Cllr Tony O’Donnell told the Kildare Area Committee meeting last Wednesday February 15, that there was a gap where estates had been abandoned by the developers but had not been taken in charge by the council and the residents didn’t have anywhere to turn. He asked the council to provide information leaflets for residents associations outlining how they can manage issues with public lighting, water, drainage, road surface and other issues.

Cllr Suzanne Doyle said she knew of one estate in Monasterevin called Distillery Court where there was no lighting. She said she did not know the circumstances behind the estate’s problems but she said she would forward the details on to the building control department.

Council officials said they were working with estates throughout the county who were in such a position. They said that although they could not fund any major works, there was an emergency fund to cover minor works.

The members were informed that the council had dealt with the ESB in several cases where the bill had not been paid by the developer and it was a matter where the power had to be turned back on. In other cases, the lighting may have been affected by a fuse. They were told they a report was being prepared on unfinished estates across Kildare and the council was willing to consult with any residents associations who had particular problems.

They stressed it was not acceptable for residents to be changing street lighting bulbs from a health and safety point of view and from an insurance point of view. They said insurance was also an issue for the council as it was intervening on private land. Councillors were informed the council did not have the staff or the resources to deal with major works.