Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (426)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

426. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide an update on works to an estate (details supplied) in County Longford including the specific works that have been carried out; the timetable for future works; and any additional funding which may be available or needed. [12961/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

My Department has made allocations under the public safety initiative totalling €291,753 to Longford County Council to assist in their efforts to tackle the difficulties faced by the residents of this development, and has been kept informed of the extensive range of works which the local authority is currently carrying out and which will continue for some time. While it is a matter for the local authority to determine the nature and scale of the works required to make relevant unfinished housing developments safe, I understand that in this case a comprehensive survey has been conducted into the condition of underground services, that a new public lighting system has been installed and that works are underway to facilitate services diversions and improvements to roads surfaces so that the public areas in the development are to an acceptable standard. As with all allocations made under the public safety initiative, it is incumbent on local authorities to pursue the responsible parties for reimbursement of funds expended, and once recovered to return these to the Exchequer.