Taking in Charge of Public Lighting, Chambers Park, Kilcock

Clane Area Committee Meeting

11 March 2014

Councillor Pádraig McEvoy 

Motion

That the council take over the public streetlights in Chambers Park, Kilcock to ensure they are kept on until the estate is completed to be taken in charge.

Report

On Thursday 24 February 2014, Electric Ireland disconnected the power supply for the public lighting in Chambers Park because the bill had not been paid by the developer of the estate. Chambers Park has not been completed and has not been taken in charge by Kildare County Council. The management company established to maintain the development was dissolved without any alternative arrangements being put in place to maintain the development. The company that developed the estate, Glenford Construction (Kilcock) Ltd. has also been dissolved. There are also significant arrears associated with this account but because of the risk to public safety arising from the fact that power to the street lighting was disconnected, Kildare County Council agreed to take responsibility for the utility bills and requested ESB Networks to re-connect the power supply for the public lighting and the public lighting has now been restored. It should also be noted that the council has made an application to the Department of Environment for funding for the estate under the Special Resolution Fund 2014 for Unfinished Housing Developments and we are awaiting the outcome of that application.

The energy costs for the public lighting in Chambers Park, Kilcock was taken over by Kildare County Council on 5 March 2014.

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