Power Welcomes Taking-In-Charge Updates from KCC

Cllr. Robert Power

Cllr. Robert Power

Kildare County Council have announced today their intention to take in charge 38 estates around Kildare. This is a major issue across the county and according to Cllr Robert Power was probably one of the most common problems raised with me over the election campaign last year. Of these estates, five sit within the Naas district; three in Kilcullen (Cnoc na Greine, Cnoc na Greine Woods and Castlemartin), Sallins Wood in Sallins and Morrell Estate in Naas. The full list of 38 estates can be seen below.

“I’m particularly aware of the issues in Kilcullen where residents in Cnoc na Greine battled issues with sewage, drainage and a massive problems with lighting over the last number of years. I’m glad that these issues will now be handled directly by KCC which should lead to much quicker resolutions in the future. Although there are still many estates to be taken in charge across the county I’m also happy to report that extra resources and manpower have been allocated to the team overseeing this process” remarked Cllr Power.

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Lawless: Irish Water Issue Blocking Estate Maintenance Resolved

Cllr. James Lawless

Cllr. James Lawless

The long awaited protocol from Irish Water for taking in charge of estates finally issued on the 6th November. Cllr. James Lawless has been campaigning for estates to be taken in charge by the council for the past two years. When an estate is taken in charge it means that the council assume responsibility for maintenance such as fixing street lights and repairing broken kerbs. If an estate is not taken in charge it can lie in limbo for years with nobody performing basic maintenance, especially with so many builders going bust in recent years. Cllr. Lawless had been working with a number of estates to get them taken over by the council and the final blocker was Irish Water which had created an obstacle from the 1st January this year on any new taking in charges.

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Lawless Confirms Irish Water Still Delaying Taking in Charge of Kildare Estates

James Lawless with Sean O'Fearghail TDJames Lawless, Naas area local election candidate, had questions raised in the Dáil last week, seeking clarification regarding the stalling of taking-in-charge of estates since the set up of Irish Water. Kildare South Deputy, Sean O’Fearghail, tabled a number of questions to the Minister on James behalf to clarify the situation on water and taking-in-charge.

Minister Jan O’Sullivan responded stating there is no specific legal impediment preventing the taking-in-charge of estates by local authorities. However, when James spoke to Kildare County Council on 6th May, they confirmed to him that taking-in-charge cannot progress as the new Irish Water rules have put a hold on everything.

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