A HOUSING estate once described as “like a war zone’ is expected to be taken in charge by the end of this summer.
As soon as minor works such as landscaping are completed, Cill Beg Manor in Stradbally will be ready to be taken in charge by Laois County Council.
There is a lot done but more to do at the attractive estate on the Carlow Road, which contains more than 70 homes and whose first phase began construction about ten years ago. Developers Droughill Builders completed the last house in 2016, but the estate is still not properly finished in terms of footpaths and landscaping.
At a meeting of Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District last year, cllr Paschal McEvoy declared that the estate was like a war zone as so much remained to be done. He said that although the builders had been very co-operative with residents, he felt it was time the works were finished, particularly as a lot of children and young people are cycling bikes and playing in the estate.
Since then, tarmacadam has been laid along the driveway in the estate and the list of remaining jobs has decreased considerably.
The Stradbally councillor asked for an update on progress in the estate at the latest municipal district meeting. Senior planner Angela McEvoy replied that the council would consider taking Cill Beg Manor in charge once landscaping works are completed and footpaths are provided throughout the open space in the development’s final phase.
Welcoming the news, cllr McEvoy commented: “It has come a long way in the past 12 months and there is not massive work left to be done, so that is great news. I’m happy to hear that and I’m sure the residents will be, too. Maybe by the end of the summer it can be taken in charge at last.”