Residents of a housing estate in Co Clare have agreed to pay for their own street lighting in future while two other developments face disconnection next Monday.
Last year Clare County Council was told by Electric Ireland that the public lighting on developments not taken in charge by the Council was likely to be disconnected due to non payment of bills by the developers of those estates.
Electric Ireland, the retail arm of ESB Group, initially advised the local authority of 77 accounts that faced disconnection and following a meeting between the parties, Clare County Council has achieved a satisfactory resolution on 24 of the original 77 accounts.
Further notices in respect of several other accounts were sent to the council in recent months, three of which were due to be disconnected on Monday next.
It has now been confirmed the threat of disconnection no longer exists for the residents of one estate who have agreed to assume responsibility for future bills in their area.
“Individual disconnection notices have issued on many of the estates and the Council has been working to ensure continuity of public lighting on the affected developments,” a council spokesman said.
“In recent months, Electric Ireland has notified us of further accounts not on the original listing and subsequently Electric Ireland issued disconnection notices on these accounts.
Three of these developments (Powerscourt, Tulla; Woodview Park, Ennistymon and Gort na hAbhanna, Ennis), on which disconnection of supply is scheduled for 26th January 2015, are a particular concern for the Council as the bonds in place are IBRC bonds,” the council added.
“The Council has already been advised that these bonds rank as unsecured creditors as part of the special liquidation of IBRC. We have made a formal claim to the special liquidators on all bonds held by Clare County Council,” the authority said.
A spokesman for Electric Ireland said: “The electricity supply for these estates was registered for disconnection due to on-going non-payment of amounts owing on the accounts. In each case we require that either Clare County Council or the residents register with Electric Ireland to take over responsibility for future electricity bills to ensure continued supply to the estate.”
“Regarding the estate at Gort Na hAbhanna in Ennis, the residents have agreed to take responsibility for future bills so therefore disconnection is no longer an issue.
We are still in correspondence with the residents and Clare County Council regarding the estates at Powerscourt in Tulla and Woodview Park in Ennistymon. To ensure continued supply, someone has to register with us to take over responsibility for the future bills,” Electric Ireland added.