The situation that saw the lights go off in Kilcock’s Chambers Park on Thursday, February 27 could well be repeated elsewhere throughout the county.
With a bill of over €25,000 owed, Electric Ireland shut off the service to the public lighting and pumping station.
It was the final step in a process which saw developer Glenford Builders get into difficulty and finally go into liquidation.
Electric Ireland made contact with Kildare County Council, and local residents, seeking another body to take over responsibility for the bill, although locals say that the contact wasn’t meaningful, and the Council said it was a matter for the Receiver. The developer’s bond was found to be no longer available.
Eventually the Council paid the bill from its own resources, transferred the bill to its own electricity supplier and the lights went back on last Tuesday, March 4.
Local Cllr. Padraig McEvoy says that there are six other estates in the county in danger of a similar outcome.
“Electric Ireland puts them on a watch list once the bill gets to €3,000,” he explained.