A number of residential estates in the south of the county have been taken in charge by Longford Co Council, the Leader has learned.
The news emerged during a meeting of the Ballymahon Municipal District last Thursday evening.
The estates which include ‘Crannach’ in Kenagh and ‘Cluain Rí’ and ‘Moyvale’ in Ballymahon will now see infrastructural improvements over the coming months as a direct result of the move.
“It is great to see the work being done on ‘Crannach’ in Kenagh,” local area representative Cllr Colm Murray (FG) told the meeting.
“It was a huge eyesore, so it is great to see that it is now being taken in charge.”
Cllr Mark Casey (Ind) then suggested that a report on the progress at the estates would be furnished to each meeting from now on.
“It is very important that we can establish where we are at with these unfinished estates,” he added.
“A monthly report would enable us to that.”
It was a suggestion that was agreed upon by all members. “I certainly welcome the development of public lighting in those estates,” Cllr Pat O’Toole (FF) said.
“This certainly is a very positive development.”
Terry Rooney, Longford Co Council Unfinished Estates Committee, then pointed out that discussion were taking place between the local authority and the banks with a view to securing funding to carry out further works at the estates.
“Hopefully those discussions will go well and we will then be in a position to carry out necessary works,” added Mr Rooney.
“Once the finding is secured contractors will be appointed to take the estates in charge and work will be done.”
In conclusion, Cllr Mick Cahill (FF) said, “We are fortunate that Terry has been appointed to deal with this issue and that it has finally been brought to a local level.”