Doyle encourages council to speed up process of taking in charge of estates

Doyle encourages council to speed up process of taking in charge of estates

Local councillor Maria Doyle has called on Louth County Council to speed up the process of taking in charge of estates.

Speaking at last night’s meeting of the Dundalk Municipal District, Cllr Doyle urged council officials to move quickly in relation to the taking in charge of estates throughout the Dundalk area.

According to a report given to Councillors at the meeting, there are 31 estates which are at various stages in the taking in charge process.

Lis na Dara is one of the affected estates

Some of these estates are at a very advanced stage but their taking in charge seems to have stalled. Included in this group are Medebawn, Saltown, Schomberg Close, Sliabh na Coille, Tates and Carrons Park, Glenwood and Lis na Dara.

According to Cllr Doyle, residents deserve better.

She said: “For some, it has taken many years to get to this stage in the process and I believe these delays have been unnecessarily long.

“We are due to get this report again at our June Municipal meeting and I ask that the Council work to have these particular estates formally taken in charge by then. There are many others which are not as far along in the process and some which require substantial works to be done, but having this report come before us at our Municipal meeting every three months from now on will keep this issue from being forgotten.

“Residents in these estates are paying their Local Property Tax and deserve to have footpath, road and lighting repairs carried out by the Council. Many of these residents are not even aware that their estate is not taken in charge by the Council until they come up against problems that need to be fixed and the Council won’t do them.

“Furthermore, the Government allocated €9 million last year to local authorities through the National Taking in Charge Initiative to assist them with this, but it appears from my research that Louth County Council were one of only three local authorities who didn’t apply for this funding or did not receive funding under his scheme,” said Cllr Doyle.

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