By Carmel Hayes
A PORTLAOISE subdivision should be taken over by the Laois Departmental Council this summer, after years of delay.
The Garden Village on Mountmellick Road is expected to be ready for takeover between April and June this year.
The update was given at the last meeting of the Municipal District of Portlaoise, in response to a query from cllr Willie Aird.
Principal planner David O’Hara said the council has ongoing discussions with parties that retain an interest in the area. The council is “seeking to ensure” that The Garden Village will be taken care of in the second quarter of this year.
Services director Simon Walton told the meeting that issues with the liquidation of the development company and pending financial issues had delayed the takeover process.
He pointed out that the council maintains the streetlights and the pumping station in the area. The plan is to announce takeover of the estate between April and June and it will then go to a full council meeting for approval in July.
Once taken over, the council will assume responsibility for the maintenance of roads, drainage and other facilities.
Cllr Aird replied, “I’m very happy to hear that. People are eager to know how we can get things done.
Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley also welcomed the news, saying the issue had been going on for a long time and the late Cllr Jerry Lodge had been trying to fix it for years. She said: “There’s been a lot of upheaval there and I can’t wait for that to be resolved.”