Tipperary housing estates to get Household Charge refund

Cllr Conor Delaney
The residents of Millers Brook are to have their Household Charge payment returned to them after the estate was ruled to be exempt from the levy.

The residents of Millers Brook are to have their Household Charge payment returned to them after the estate was ruled to be exempt from the levy.

The news was revealed this week by Fine Gael councillor Conor Delaney, who said those who paid will be entitled to a refund of the €100 and those who hadn’t will be exempt.

However, he pointed out that householders will still have to pay the Local Property Charge.

Millers Brook is one of nine estates in North Tipperary that have now been deemed exempt from the 2012 charge. The other estates are: Hill Crest Manor, Newport; Ard Coilte, Ballina; Courtyard, Cloughjordan, Kingstown Estate, Riverstown; Riveroaks, Riverstown; Dun Lia, Thurles; Croke Street, Thurles; Ashgrove, Thurles. “I am delighted to confirm that I and all FG councillors in North Tipperary, in conjunction with Deputy Noel Coonan, have been working behind the scenes to put pressure on the Minister for the Environment to reverse his decision to include the above estates in the list of estates liable to pay the Household Charge,” he said.

Cllr Delaney said FG councillors had received representations from residents that the estates were not fully completed and should have been exempt in the first place.

Cllr Delaney said it was now likely that North Tipperary County Council will write to the residents requesting they contact the Household Charge Bureau regarding a refund.

Meanwhile a row has erupted between North Tipperary Council Council officials and Cllr Seamus Morris over claims he made in relation to the charge.

In an email, Cllr Morris states he wants a full review of all estates in Nenagh and would like an apology for the people of Millers Brook who were “bullied” into paying the Household Charge.

He also states he would expect a full investigation as to how this happened.

However, in reply, the council outlines that it was it was always its view that Millers Brook should be exempt from the Household Charge, and this was recommended by them to the Department. The final decision on the list of estates was a matter for the Department.

However, none of the proposed changes suggested by North Tipperary County Council were incorporated into the Department’s list of unfinished housing estates. Accordingly, North Tipperary County Council was obliged by law to seek payment.

“Millers Brook has now been included on the list of estates exempt from the Household Charge by the Department and the council welcomes this decision,” the council said in a statement.