County coun­cil doesn’t yet know cost of clean up

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW County Coun­cil is in dis­cus­sions with two Gov­ern­ment De­part­ments over the re­cent High Court rul­ing re­lat­ing to Whitestown.

Speak­ing at Mon­day’s spe­cial meet­ing, Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Bryan Doyle said he was ‘very con­cerned about the na­ture and pos­si­ble im­pact of the cost’ of com­plete clean-up of the site.

‘This is a sig­nif­i­cant judge­ment with big ram­i­fi­ca­tions for Wick­low County Coun­cil,’ ac­knowl­edged Mr Doyle.

A likely appeal by Brown­field Restora­tion Ire­land Ltd meant Mr Doyle had been legally ad­vised not to dis­cuss any ‘specifics’ of the case, though he sup­ported fully the re­quest for a spe­cial meet­ing.

‘I do have con­cerns over pos­si­ble costs. I have no es­ti­mates. I have started talks with two Gov­ern­ment De­part­ments. In ef­fect, I con­tacted them. They are aware of the judge­ments but I have also passed them on to them,’ said Mr Doyle.

The De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment paid for all Wick­low County Coun­cil’s costs in­volv­ing Whitestown, apart from the cur­rent case.

The coun­cil still has a let­ter from the De­part­ment dat­ing back to 2011 com­mit­ting to pay­ing for any re­me­di­a­tion works.

How­ever, changes in Gov­ern­ment and in De­part­ment Min­is­ters, means the lo­cal au­thor­ity are un­sure if that com­mit­ment still ap­plies. Mr Doyle ap­pealed for the full back­ing of the elected mem­bers.

‘It would be hugely help­ful if you sup­ported the Coun­cil Ex­ec­u­tive in ask­ing var­i­ous De­part­ments to con­tinue with their sup­port for us.’ He also said he would try to for­mu­late an­swers to any ques­tions Coun­cil­lors wanted to sub­mit to him.

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