Tipp County Council urged to tackle derelict sites issue

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The local authority hasn’t taken control of a derelict property under a compulsory purchase order in the last decade.

The details emerged during this month’s meeting of the Tipperary/Cashel District where councillors pushed for action on the high number of neglected buildings in West Tipp.

Meanwhile, at the Nenagh Municipal District meeting, calls were also made for the council to issue CPOs for derelict buildings.

Local communities and businesses have been working to improve their areas; however, work can be hampered by vacant properties falling into disrepair.

Nenagh Cllr Hughie McGrath has suggested the Council should take charge of these properties – and could work with the owners should they come forward.

The local authority says they face a number of challenges when it comes to dealing with the issue.

Locating the owners of the properties is being cited as one of the main problems – particularly with properties owned by NAMA or vulture funds.

Fianna Fail Councillor Roger Kennedy explains why the authority avoids using CPOs.

Councillor Hughie McGrath says some buildings in his area have been let fall into disrepair, and owners for most of these properties have not come forward.

Some of those in question are unoccupied for more than 10 years.

Hughie McGrath says derelict buildings ruin the work people in the community do to improve their towns.