Cork County Council today welcomed the decision of the District Court to grant it the permission for the demolition of two properties on Oliver Plunkett Street, Bandon.
On foot of the inaction of the owners of the properties to act on statutory notices issued on them in January this year to demolish and clear the site, the Council moved quickly to seek a District Court order to give it the right to enter and carry out the works itself as the building continued to present a risk to the public.
In view of the urgency attached to this case, the Council secured an early hearing in the Bandon District Court today and will now proceed to make immediate arrangements to undertake the work required and ensure that it can re-open the section of Oliver Plunkett Street at the earliest opportunity.
In welcoming the District Court decision, Cork County Council’s Chief Executive, Tim Lucey said,
"I welcome the early decision of the Court to grant Cork County Council the authority to undertake the works which the council had required the property owners to do. It is regrettable that the owners of the properties in question have not acted fully on foot of the statutory notices served on them in late January this year and that that has prolonged the time which we have had to close off part of Oliver Plunkett street. Primary responsibility has always rested with the property owners to remedy this situation. We will continue to treat this as a priority due to the strategic positioning of the property within the town of Bandon and will now proceed swiftly to demolish the buildings and make the area safe so that we can reopen the street at the earliest possible date."