NO FUNDING FOR CARSTOWN HOUSE
LOUTH County Council (LCC) will not seek to take control of Carstown House under the Derelict Sites Act because they simply would not have the funds needed to restore or maintain the building, Councillors have been told.
Councillor Kevin Callan raised the issue at the October meeting of Drogheda Municipal District last Monday, following the devastating fire at the property the previous weekend. At the September meeting he had asked for a report on the building and said he feared it was ‘at risk’ from fire.
‘I am again requesting a report on it but I would also ask that we look at the Derelict Sites Act. I believe there is some issue over who owns it. It is an awful shame it has been burned down, it is not only a county loss but is also of national importance,’ said the councillor.
‘I believe the council can express an interest in taking it over.’
Councillor Oliver Tully agreed it was ‘an awful shame’ to see what had happened to such a historic building. He said the Louth Archaeological Society have been working on this for a long time and a survey was due to be carried out the week after the fire and he said this will still go ahead.
He asked the council to secure the property and seek funding so that a roof can be put on it to prevent further deterioration.
‘There’s no roof left, there are no floors left it’s just a shell at this stage,’ he said. Senior Engineer Pat Finn agreed the house is of national importance. He said the council had received some funding last year and did some works at the property. He said more funding had been secured to do extra work like proping up the fireplace and that money is still there.
‘We’ll be reassessing that in light of the disasterous fire,’ he said. ‘The building is privately owned and the council would not have the money to take it over and bring it back from its current state of disrepair.’ Agreeing, Director of Services Paddy Donnelly said the council just don’t have the resources available to do the work that is necessary.