The type of fencing put in place by developers around unfinished housing estates in North Tipperary made them “look like Auschwitz”, according to Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath.
And he told Newport area councillors at their May meeting that some developers were “the most arrogant and obnoxious” people you could meet.
“They are bullies who would drive over you if you go near them with a query,” he said.
During a discussion on taking estates in charge and the number of unfinished estates in North Tipperary, the Independent councillor said that the law “has to be on our side when dealing with unfinished estates”.
He made his comments after Cllr John Carroll had called for a list of such estates that would include the bond values to finish any work that remained outstanding after the developer had left.
Cllr Jonathan Meaney asked that the council write to the Minister for the Environment asking that the criteria for taking estates in charge be amended because of the high burden it placed on residents.
Area manager Liam McCarthy replied that he would compile a list of unfinished estates and estates that needed to be taken in charge, including the value of the developer’s bond in each case.