LABOUR PARTY HELP SOUGHT FOR FERMOY ESTATE PROBLEMS
The residents of a Fermoy housing estate are hoping to enlist the help of political party leader, Eamon Gilmore in an effort to have outstanding work carried out at the estate by David Leach of Brompton Homes who is an election agent for the Labour party, writes Brian Moore.
Veronica Condon, secretary of the Dun Eala Residents’ Association, told The Avondhu why the people of the Fermoy estate felt Deputy Gilmore could help.
“We have been made aware that Mr David Leach, who is the developer/builder of Dun Eala, is also a Labour party election agent and, as we have not been able to get Mr Leach to address the problems the residents are experiencing, we felt we needed to highlight our concerns to the politicians who will, it seems, be part of the next government,” Ms Condon said.
In the letter to Mr Gilmore, a copy of which was also sent to local Labour TD, Sean Sherlock, the residents outlined their efforts to ensure that Mr Leach and Brompton Homes comply with ‘initial and subsequent planning conditions granted for Dun Eala’.
“We must have the planning conditions properly complied with so that the estate can be taken in charge by Cork County Council as soon as possible. Many of the planning references date back to 2000 and the residents association has been refused a Cork County Council Amenity Grant for 2009/2010 due to our estate not being taken in charge,” Ms Condon continued.
The residents claim that David Leach and Brompton Homes are responsible for the maintenance of the green areas in the estate but that they, the residents, have been forced to pay for contractors to ensure that this work is carried out.
“We have been paying for the green areas to be maintained. Brompton Homes are responsible for this work until the estate is taken in charge by Cork County Council. This has not happened so, therefore, Brompton Homes must repay the money we have paid to ensure the estate is maintained,” Ms Condon said.
The letter to the Labour leader continued with a list of other outstanding work that the residents are calling on Mr Leach and Brompton homes to complete at the Fermoy housing estate.
Commenting on the matter, local Labour TD, Sean Sherlock told The Avondhu, “I have had numerous heated discussions with Brompton Homes in relation to their responsibilities in Dun Eala and I have assured the residents that I will go back to Brompton again with their concerns.
Cllr Noel McCarthy and myself have been working hard on this matter, given Mr Leach’s connection to the Labour party. We in the Labour party operate on the policy that all developers must live up to their responsibilities.”
Friday 11th February 8:58am