Councillors have approved the taking in charge by the council of a further 10 housing estates in the county, bringing to 63 the total number of estates taken over by the council since 2010.
The 10 estates approved by councillors at Monday’s county council meeting were Hawthorns, Kinnegad; Water Court, Castlepollard; Glebelands, Castlepollard; Castleview, Delvin; Ard Grainne, Moate; Castleview Court, Delvin; Derravarra, Mullingar; Radharc an Chuain (non-gated area of Harbour Quay ), Mullingar; Cois Caisleán, Delvin; and An Glebe, Multyfarnham.
This means the council takes control of the infrastructure and public areas in an estate, including public roads and footpaths, lighting, and open spaces. Estates can only be taken in charge once the development has been completeed to the council’s satisfaction and according to the planning permission granted.
Westmeath County Council is either in discussion with developers or has enforcement proceedings under way in a further 14 estates across the county.
Cllr Denis Leonard praised the council for having taken over eight of Kinnegad’s 10 estates, while Cllr Frank McDermott was pleased that six of the 12 estates in the Coole have also been taken in charge.
Meanwhile Cllr Ken Glynn requested that residents in the estates concerned be informed of the progress by way of a leaflet drop.