Councillor Conor Delaney (FG) has confirmed to the Tipperary Star that he has gathered a petition from residents in The Marine Village estate in Ballina to have their estate taken in charge as a matter of priority.
“In October 2009 the residents of Marine Village in Ballina submitted an application to North Tipperary County Council to have their estate taken in charge and almost five years on and this process has still not been completed. On foot of the petition that I recently gathered from the majority of residents living in Marine Village I am now calling on North Tipperary Council to prioritise the taking in charge of this estate so urgent works can be carried out on the road surface, lighting and paths,” he told the Tipperary Star.
Cllr Delaney confirmed that North Tipperary County Council informed him that there were at least eight other estates whose applications for taking in charge are before Marine Village and there was no time frame available as to when the Ballina estate’s application will be considered.
“There are numerous estates like Marine Village in North Tipperary who are caught in a vacuum and are not eligible for emergency funding recently sanctioned by the Government to assist unfinished developments as they were not included in the list of ‘unfinished estates’ under the Local Government National Housing Development Survey 2010-2013.
“Residents in these estates are now left with no remedy and have to put up with deteriorated road surfaces, which, in turn, are damaging their vehicles. Something needs to be done for their estates and as a gesture of goodwill I am calling on North Tipperary County Council to provide emergency patchwork for damaged roads until such time as applications for taking in charge have been completed,” he said.
The Fine Gael local election candidate said: “I am sending the petition from the residents of Marine Village to the county manager, Joe MacGrath, to outline the seriousness of the situation in this estate, and, indeed, other estates in North Tipperary that are waiting to be taken in charge.”