IT would seem that cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley is getting no change from the council in her efforts to have Millbrook housing estate taken in charge.
When asked for an update of the local authority’s progress of taking the estate in charge at the recent meeting of Portlaoise Municipal District Council, she was informed by the council’s senior planner Angela McEvoy that a CCTV survey has been completed in the estate, which identified silting of the surface water system. The foul sewer system, which crosses an alleyway at the rear of the houses, requires two additional manholes which, according to Ms McEvoy, “would be very difficult to remedy” and that Irish Water needs to draw up a site resolution plan.
“I’m disappointed with that response,” said cllr Dwane Stanley. “I got a similar response the last time I raised this issue. This estate is well over 20 years built. One of the biggest problems the people have there is cars parking on footpaths outside their hall doors. People in wheelchairs can’t get by and have to go out onto the roadway. I’m asking for some kind of progress on this.”
Cllr Willie Aird said: “I question is there a will with the council to do this (take the estate in charge). Some people are living there for over 15 years and people are parking their cars there all day long. There are at least eight people of senior age living there and they cannot get out of their own homes at certain times of the day. One lady I know couldn’t get out of her house with her Zimmer frame.”
Director of services Simon Walton said he would see to it that the councillors receive an updated progress report.