Cork County Council to take 91 estates in charge

5 May 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth

What does ‘taken in charge’ mean?
If you live in a housing estate in Ireland, built by a private developer, you might not realise that the developer or builder is responsible for maintaining footpaths and roads even after they have left the site. In reality, in recent years, many developers have closed their businesses, and even when still active their attention is often on new projects. So, many householders apply to have their estates “taken in charge”. This means the County Council becoming responsible for maintenance of: roadways, footpaths, streetlights. Sadly green areas do not fall with the realistic responsibility of the County Council. This is why many private estates have green areas which are not cut as it’s up to residents to pool their resources.

Whats happening?
Cork County Council is to take 91 private estates in charge this summer, 22 of which are located throughout North Cork. The comprehensive list of estates comprises of some 5,350 residential units.

The services normally taken in charge by Cork County Council include roadways, car parks, footpaths, open spaces and public lighting. Cork County Council has also consulted with Irish Water and they will also take in charge watermains, sewers and drains within the 91 estates.

The North Cork Estates to be taken in charge this year are as follows:

· An Bhruach, Ballydesmond
· An Radharc, Ballyhooley
· Ard Na Sí, Banteer
· Ashbrook, Dromina
· Bowling Green, Kanturk
· College Wood, Mallow
· Creggane Beag, Buttevant
· Dun Eala, Fermoy
· Egmout Woods, Kanturk
· Grianvar, Mallow
· Hatchery Glen, Mallow
· Hillcrest, Kildorrery
· Hillcrest, Watergrasshill
· Kalimagdan, Mitchelstown
· Manor Close, Mallow
· Manor Court, Mallow
· Manor Park, Mallow
· Parkview, Charleville
· Riverbank, Buttevant
· River Valley, Mallow
· Tinley Park, Mallow

Welcoming the announcement of the taking in charge of these estates, Cllr. John Paul O’Shea (Independent) who is Chair of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District said “This is a very positive development for the residents of these estates, many of which have been substantially complete for a long period of time. There will now be great assurance for these residents into the future as the core services such as roads, public lighting and water can be maintained directly by the statutory authorities such as Cork County Council and Irish Water”.

The list of 91 estates have been issued by way of a public notice on newspapers this week allowing for a statutory period (up to the 12th June) for the public to make a submission on the estates to be taken in charge. A report on the submissions (if any) will then be considered by a meeting of the full council with a view to formally taking these estates in charge.

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