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€440k owed on derelict sites

Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 4:53pm

A lick of paint isn’t enough to get a property off the derelict sites list.

That’s according to Ann Doherty, Cork City Council Chief Executive, as it emerged that more than €440,000 is still owed in fines on derelict sites on Leeside from last year. 100 sites were deemed as derelict at the end of 2019, new figures released by City Hall have shown. €629,700 should have been collected in levies on these sites but only €189,317 had been received at the end of last year.

15 more sites are also in the process of being added to the list.

During a Cork City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting on Monday, Ms Doherty explained to JPC members that Cork City Council will consider that a site ceases to be derelict when construction works have progressed and that the site owner has given a reasonable estimated date of completion.

The owner has to also actively work to rid the site of dereliction with Ms Doherty adding that lodging a commencement notice or erecting hoarding alone isn’t enough.

She added: “Cork City Council will re-inspect on the agreed completion date.

“For clarity, surface cosmetic improvements like a lick of paint, securing or boarding up a property or stabilising a property does not constitute the removal of dereliction.”

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