Efforts are ongoing to ensure the bond provider is endeavouring to get Coolaghknock Gardens in Kildare town up to a standard so the council can take it in charge, according to a council spokesperson.
Residents told last week’s Leinster Leader they want the council to take over the estate so their long standing sewage problems can be rectified once and for all.
In response, Kildare County Council stressed: “The developer of this site went into receivership/liquidation some time ago. Since then the Council has engaged with the bond provider to have the estate completed to taking in charge standard. We understand that they are currently investigating the sewerage system and all other public infrastructure in the estate with a view to preparing a Site Resolution Plan (SRP) for the estate. The purpose of the SRP is to complete the estate to taking in charge standard.
“Even though the estate has not yet been taken in charge, the Council has intervened in the past to ensure that the two pump stations in the estate are kept going and to clear blockages in the sewerage system when they arise. The Council will continue to monitor the situation until the bond provider has brought the estate up to taking in charge standard.”
The council cannot take any estates in charge at present until new legislation for Irish Water is brought in, which is expected before the Dail retires for the summer recess.
Last week, resident Mary Callan explained there was sewage overflowing from two shores at the back of her garden. The problem also affected other areas of the estate.
Residents Association Chairman, Peter Whelan stressed; “On a hot day here, the stench would kill you. There are major health and safety issues. Kids are getting stomach bugs. It’s not on,”