Thursday, 28 March 1968
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Andrews: asked the Minister for Local Government if he is aware that Lawnswood Park, Foxrock, Dublin was completed by the developer two years ago and has yet to be taken in charge by the local authority; and if he will give the reason for the undue delay in the taking in charge of this park.
Mr. Boland: I understand from Dublin County Council that a request from the developer to take this estate in charge was received by the council in July, 1967; that negotiations are proceeding, and that no undue delay in taking the estate in charge is foreseen by the county council, provided agreement is reached in regard to any work remaining to be done by the developer.
Mr. Boland: The council can deal with that matter. Normally, the developer would be required to submit sureties that he would, in fact, carry out the development in accordance with the requirements of the local authority and these can be enforced.
Mr. Dillon: I am not trying to ask the Minister a question to which possibly he may not have the answer at hand. What is the procedure? Does the local authority sue the developer or is there any court procedure by which they can get an order compelling him to do the work or indemnifying the local authority and giving them the right to go in and do the work and recover the cost from the developer as a civil debt?
Mr. Coughlan: Is it a condition of the planning authority to provide a public road into these schemes? These are all private roads and the local authority will not take over and be responsible for the upkeep of a private road.
Mr. Boland: It should be a condition that the roads are made to the required specification of the local authority. The local authority then insists that before a road is taken in charge, it is in fact brought up to that standard.
Mr. Coughlan: There is a six months' retention on all of these developers. Is there a period of retention on the road, whether it be six months or three months, before the developer is responsible for its unkeep and maintenance?
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