Call for council to take-in-charge Newbridge’s Walshestown Park over flooding

Recent floods at Walshestown Park

Recent floods at Walshestown Park

A resident of Walshestown Park in Newbridge, whose yard floods every time there is heavy rainfall has called on Kildare County Council to take the estate-in-charge.

The estate, which was built between 2005 and 2007 by Roseberry Construction, has yet to be taken in charge by the council. However a Receiver was appointed to Roseberry Construction, Wallace Court, Eyre St on October 16 2013 last,

“I moved into my property in 2006 and since then I have experienced flooding every time there is heavy or continuous rainfall, with the cause of the flooding seemingly due to the drainage system that was installed by the builder,” said Kevin Stabb. According to Mr Stabb, efforts to contact the developer have proved futile so the residents association want the estate taken-in-charge and the council to use the €1 million bond paid as part of planning requirements.

According to a council spokesperson, however, the bond has long since expired.

“A bank bond €924,000 was provided in compliance with the requirements of the ‘bond condition’ of planning,” said spokesperson Annette Aspell. “This bond expired on 30/10/2007. The developer has failed to date to either renew the bond or to put alternative arrangements in place.”

“Since July 2012, the Council’s Water Services Department has been monitoring the Waste Water Pump station in the estate on an ongoing basis. The company that developed the site went into receivership in 2013.” Meanwhile the council is now consulting with its legal advisors to ensure that Roseberry Construction, the directors and the land owners fulfil their obligations to comply with the requirements of planning. Since the recent flooding incident the Council has engaged a contractor to pump out the storm water system.




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