A call for Kildare County Council to investigate all bank stakeholders over their plans for the derelict buildings on the main street of Athy has been made by a local councillor.
Cllr Brian Dooley raised the issue at this month’s Municipal District meeting which was held on Monday, January 21.
“There are several derelict buildings in Athy owned now by the banks,” Cllr Dooley said.
“Should we approach the banks and ask them what are their plans for these properties?”
The meeting heard that there are three properties in the town listed on the derelict sites register, and a further six are being monitored by the section, while a further eight are residential properties. Members were told that the council is in consultation to assess these properties with a view to their possible acquisition by the council.
“There may also be grant assistance options available for these properties which may be purchased with the use of Compulsory Purchase Order where appropriate,” members heard.
Cllr Dooley added that it will help to ensure Athy is attractive prospective investors.
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