Last week, public representatives received confirmation from the enforcement section of Meath County Council's Planning department that enforecemnt notices have been served on the receiver and bondholder for the Ashewood estate in Ashbourne.
Chairperson of the Dunshaughlin Area Committee, Cllr Niamh McGowan says this is a positive step towards getting necessary works completed in the estate. "This will pave the way for an application to be made to court to release the bond held by the bondholder in respect of completion works needed to be carried out in Ashewood," she said.
Cllr McGowan was positive about efforts by the council to get the receiver to carry out works to bring Ashewood up to the standard of the planning permission, but expressed real disappointment that, after a long period of engaging with the bondholder, the bank had failed to proceed with the outstanding compliance works.
"Ashewood is a lovely estate of mixed housing, just off Hunter's Lane in Ashbourne. When the developer went into receivership I was delighted that the council took immediate steps to secure the bond to enable us to get the completion works done. These works include sewerage, roads, lighting and landscaping which will bring the standard of the estate up to the level people thought they were buying into," she said.
While initially co-operating with Meath County Council, the bondholder has not taken any steps to appoint a contractor to finish the work and the latest move by the council will allow the court to order the bond to be released. Once the bond is released the council can organise to have the remedial works done.
Although work remains to be completed, the receiver has recently carried out clearance of two separate locations within the development including the levelling and seeding of large open spaces.
"There were areas of land surrounding by hoarding which was very unsafe and also extremely unsightly," said Cllr McGowan. "The receiver was persuaded that it would be cheaper and safer to remove all the hoarding and level the space to provide an amenity to existing houses and I am delighted that has been done.
"I am hopeful that after an extremely protracted and frustrating period of inactivity that Ashewood residents will finally get to live in the dream development they bought into and that this will happen sooner rather than later" said Cllr McGowan, who lives on Hunter's Lane beside the development.