Residents of Castle Park in Two-Mile-Borris are this week celebrating the news that they will, at last, have public lighting connected in their estate, some ten years after they moved in.
‘De-lighted’ was how residents have been described following the news that there was last a beacon ahead. North Tipperary County Council, not to be taken lightly, has gone to court to call in the bond on the developer and is now in a position to undertake all the necessary works in the estate, with the main job being the connection of the public lighting.
The estate, which is only a stones throw from the proposed 460 million ultra modern Tipperary venue, has had a shadow cast over it almost from the off, when it became apparent that no public lighting was being provided - ‘currently’ there is no lighting, but that’s all about to change with the dawn of a new era in Castle Park.
While residents have been in the dark for many years, they have been enlightened by public representatives who have been raising this issue for many months at County Council and Area meetings. Thurles Councillor Seamus Hanafin has been pushing for the local authority to take action for some time and he expressed his delight this week at the news stating that he hoped the work would be completed before the Autumn.
“We have been looking for this for some time and I am delighted now that at last, after almost a decade, we can finally get on with the job of providing public lighting for the residents in this area. There will also be other works carried out including tending to water leaks and it now means that North Tipperary County Council is responsible for the estate,” said Cllr Hanafin who added that a full assessment will be undertaken by council officials in advance of the commencement of works.
“These people have been without public lighting all this time and it has been very unfair on them, especially the elderly residents. At least now, there will be some element of security for them and this will make the estate a lot more comfortable to live in,” said Cllr Hanafin who also stated that officials are to be credited with having called in the bond on the developer. “It is a clear statement of intent,” he said.
Director of Services Mr Matt Shortt confirmed that the substantial bond is now in the possession of North County Council who will now be responsible for undertaking the works.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd welcomed the news that the council had taken action to address the situation while Cllr Jim Ryan and Mayor John Kennedy also stated that sorting out the issues was long overdue.