Hundreds of people throughout County Tipperary are living a nightmare of an existence in unfinished housing estates.
Tipperary County Council has established a task force to address forty nine unfinished housing estates in the county with seventy estates applying to the authority to be taken in charge.
County councillors on Monday spoke of the anger and frustration of residents living in limbo in estates with poor public lighting, footpaths, waste water services and other infrastructure problems.
Housing estates in Clonmel, Kilsheelan, Carrick-on-Suir and Cashel were cited as examples where residents have to deal with serious problems in unfinished estates.
Following the meeing, councillors highlighted three estates in Carrick on Suir - Manor Court, Manor View and Manor Close, the Cashel na Ri and Steeples estates in Cashel, Crann Ard and Glencarra in Clonmel and Ivowen in Kilsheelan.
The Cashel na Ri estate was in such a desperate condition that all of the houses have been given an exemption from the local property tax for three years.
“It’s one of the few entire estates in Ireland that have that exemption. It is an appalling situation with private householders and council tenants living in a nightmare situation” said Cllr Tom Wood.
Cllr. David Dunne said some residents in the three estates in Carrick onSuir had no lighting for five years. Residents would not agree to the installation of water meters as in the event of a leak they understood that Irish Water would refuse to enter estates that are not taken in charge.
Cllr. Michael Murphy said residents of housing estates in Clonmel and Kilsheelan were living in limbo.
“In some cases there is no bond in place, no developer, only a receiver with no access to funds. In those cases the Council who were paid significant development contributions for each property had a “moral obligation” to use some of its own resources to try and resolve some of the issues residents were experiencing.It is a nightmare for families who have no quality of life” said Cllr.Murphy.
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