Council sends in bulldozers to knock two properties in Longford town

Liam Cosgrove

Reporter:

Liam Cosgrove

Demolition work being carried out on two properties in Palace Crescent this morning (Thursday, July 16).
Longford County Council has this morning (Thursday) carried out demolition work on two vacant properties in a Longford town housing estate.

Longford County Council has this morning (Thursday) carried out demolition work on two vacant properties in a Longford town housing estate.

Bulldozers knocked both houses in the Palace Crescent area of town after a dangerous structure notice was served on its owners.

The Leader first told of how local authority officials were planning to move in on the estate two weeks ago.

Council chiefs had given the owners ten working days to comply with the order amid rising domestic waste levels that had built up outside both properties.

When no reply was forthcoming however, demolition workers were sent in this morning.

“A Dangerous Structure Notice has been served on the owners of 25 and 26 Palace Crescent,” Longford County Council confirmed in a statement two weeks ago.

Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Cllr Gerry Warnock welcomed the news when contacted by longfordleader.ie this morning.

“It’s the first step on this Council’s regeneration project and is a statement of intent in terms of how we intend to proceed,” he said.

It’s understood the Council want to turn the site into a greenfield area when work on both properties is completed.

The Leader also spoke to a number of residents, many of whom spoke positively about the demolition of both properties.

For more on this story, see next week’s Longford Leader.