A row between a developer and the ESB has seen a number of people who have purchased houses on a new estate, Bryanstown Wood, on the Beamore Road in East Meath unable to move in.
The dispute centres on allegations by the electricity supplier that the site, operated by developer Bernard McNamara is not safe for their workers to move in and connect up supply.
It has forced numerous buyers, who have placed deposits on their dream home and secured mortgages in limbo.
One woman who has bought one of the houses told Meath Live, ‘I am currently renting and was due to move in to my new home this month, but have now been told it will be at least February before that can happen.
‘I had told my landlord I was set to make the move this month and they have someone lined up waiting to move in to where I am renting, it’s not the nicest situation to be caught up in, and there is actually nothing I can do about it.’
Local South Drogheda & East Meath Fianna Fail Councillor, Stephen McKee, has called on both the ESB and the developer to resolve outstanding issues so that residents can move into their new homes as soon as possible.
McKee stated; ‘There is a delay on new residents moving into their new homes in the Phase 2 part of the new Bryanstown Wood development at Beamore, Drogheda, County Meath. It appears that the ESB have to complete cabling and sub-station works. I’m asking that all outstanding works are carried out as soon as possible. Residents, who were due to move into their homes this month, have now been told that they may not be able to move in until next February.’
‘This is causing great stress and worry on these families particularly in advance of Christmas.’
‘Issues like this frustrate and ultimately delay housing delivery in general and make it even harder for people to secure affordable homes. At a time of rising building material costs, it is particularly important that we do everything possible to cut out delays and increase efficiency.’
‘A greater sense of urgency is now required to ensure these homes in Bryanstown Wood are delivered as soon as possible and I call on all parties involved to resolve this for the benefit of the new homeowners’ concluded McKee.’
An ESB spokesman told us, ‘We can confirm that the delay with the connection of parts of the Bryanstown Wood housing development in Co Meath is due to site safety issues experienced by ESB Networks employees at the location. ‘As a result, ESB Networks issued a number of stop-work notices to the developer over the past year. The Health and Safety Authority has been made aware and attended on-site to resolve some of these issues. On each occasion that a stop-work notice was issued, ESB Networks subsequently resumed works on-site once the area was made safe.
‘Safety, as well as the provision of reliable and secure electricity services, is the top priority at ESB Networks for our employees, customers and any contractors on-site during construction.
‘It is the understanding of ESB Networks that all apartments and houses that are ready for connection, are connected at this stage’
Fianna Fails Stephen McKee