Following lobbying by Eagle Valley Residents Association with Cork County Council, Eagle Valley has been included in a list of estates to be taken in charge this Summer!
This is a fantastic development for Eagle Valley as there is no maintenance services for the Estate since the demise of O’Brien & O’Flynn, the Developers, last Summer.
Do you remember last Winter when the drains were all flooding and the street lights were failing! The Residents Association stepped in to fill the gap where it could.
What does ‘taken in charge’ mean?
If you live in a housing estate in Ireland, built by a private developer, you might not realise that the developer or builder is responsible for maintaining footpaths and roads even after they have left the site. In reality, in recent years, many developers have closed their businesses, and even when still active their attention is often on new projects.
Taken In Charge means Cork County Council becoming responsible for maintenance of roadways, lighting, car parks, footpaths, open spaces and public lighting. Cork County Council has also consulted with Irish Water and they will also take in charge watermains, sewers and drains.
Sadly green areas do not fall with the realistic responsibility of the County Council. This is why many private estates have green areas which are not cut as it’s up to residents to pool their resources as we have started doing to cut the grass.
Cork County Council issued by way of a public notice on newspapers this week allowing for a statutory period (up to the 12th June) for the public to make a submission on the estates to be taken in charge. A report on the submissions (if any) will then be considered by a meeting of the full council with a view to formally taking these estates in charge.
The Eagle Valley Residents Association will be preparing a representation to Cork County Council for submission before the June 12th deadline on various issues in the estate. If you would like any issue included, please email email@example.com
For more information on the process see Cork County Councils’s Process for Taking in Charge of Housing Estates
Attached is the formal notice in the Examiner on Friday 1st May 2015 20150501CorkCoCoTakingInChargeNotice