Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (301)

Seán Fleming

Question:

301. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of former Garda stations which are subject to a guardianship arrangement whereby private firms are contracted to install tenants to maintain the premises; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21032/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Commissioners of Public Works have placed three former Garda Stations under this guardianship arrangement. The stations in question have telecommunications masts generating income from licence fees from the mobile phone operators. Accordingly, it has been decided that they will not be placed on the market at this time. The properties in question are considered to be commercially valuable and are not being considered for community use.

The Commissioners have entered into a pilot project with Camelot Properties Ltd. in respect of the former stations in Dalkey, Stepaside and Kill of the Grange. Camelot provide live-in guardians for each property, thereby lessening the risk of break-ins, vandalism and degeneration of the properties. They cover all of the running costs of the buildings and report on security and maintenance issues as they arise. This arrangement is widely used in the commercial property sector.