Council may buy Ashbury

North Tipperary County Counci has an interest in acquiring Ashbury estate in Roscrea, according to county manager Joe MacGrath.

He told councillors that Ashbury was not an unfinished estate, but had simply fallen into disrepair.

“We are interested in refurbishing it and a detailed assessment of each of the houses has been taking place,” he said.

Mr MacGrath thanked Junior Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan for coming to Roscrea to see Ashbury at first hand.

Her officials have been following up an the council expects something back in the next few weeks, he said.

“It is getting the urgent attention of the council,” he said.

Mr MacGrath told Cllr Michael Smith he could not put an estimate on how much acquiring the estate would cost as he was “reluctant to put a figure into the public domain”.

Cllr Smith suggested the funding come out of the council’s E3.5m investment programme.

Mr MacGrath said it was the council’s intention to bring the 12 houses in the estate up to the level where they could be leased.

However, Cllr John Hogan said that a 13th house in Legion Villas should be included in any negotiations on Ashbury. He said the house’s windows were broken and its plumbing removed.

He was told by the housing officer that it was not included in the plans, but the council would look into it.

Earlier, Cllr Denis Ryan told the meeting that there were no houses available in Roscrea for long term lease and this was having an effect on the housing list. He was backed by Cllr Hogan who said housing was “coming to a crisis”.

Director of services Donal Purcell urged councillors to keep in touch with auctioneers to see if any suitable land might come up for sale that the council could purchase.


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