Council calls in housing estate bonds

Kildare County Council has decided to call in the bonds on 34 incomplete housing estates.

Kildare County Council has decided to call in the bonds on 34 incomplete housing estates.

The decision was announced at a meeting of Clane Area Committee last Tuesday, June 12, in response to a call from Cllr Padraig McEvoy to complete the road surfaces in Collegewood Manor, Clane and to install peed controls there.

In a written response to him, bearing the name of Olive Howe from the Planning Section, it was explained that Collegewood Manor is “one of 34 estates in the county where all the residential units are built and where elements of public infrastructure have not been provided.

“In this case,” she noted “the final wearing course is required on the main access road.”

The Council’s Building Control Section is currently compiling a list of all these estates and will be writing to all developers informing them of their obligations with regard to completing the estates.

“It is the Council’s intention to call in the bonds and complete the works were the developers fail to do so,” the official explained.

The bonds are sums of money which developers must make available in advance of starting work on developments. The idea is that if something happens that the development cannot be completed, the bond will be called in and used to finish it.

Cllr McEvoy welcomed the announcement, and noted its significance for residents of such estates throughout the entire county.

Conor McHugh - conor@leinsterleader.ie