Three Laois housing estates have been ‘taken in charge’ by Laois County Council.
Gracefield Manor in Ballylinan, Millbrook in Portlaoise and numbers 90 to 102 in Aghnaharna Drive in Portlaoise were all confirmed at a recent meeting of Laois County Council.
The term ‘taking in charge’ means that the Local Authority assumes liability and responsibility for the roads, footpaths and public areas associated with a particular estate.
This only happens with it is satisfied that the developer has fulfilled all of its obligations in relation to the completion of the estate.
Over a decade after Gracefield Manor was first developed, Councillor Padraig Fleming heralded this as a great day.
He said: “I want to commend Laois County council for their work here because this was very difficult to work out.”
Cllr Aisling Moran said: “All Council staff and Councillors have worked together on this and pushed it forward.”
While Cllrs Caroline Dwane-Stanley and Willie Aird said that residents of the two Portlaoise housing estates will be delighted.
Cllr Aird said: “This has been very frustrating for all of us and I’m delighted it has now been resolved.
“There is a huge problem in Millbrook involving all day parking and we can now work towards solving that.”
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