Leitrim County Council agree sale of Attirory site

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Leitrim County Council agree sale of Attirory site

Council approal disposal of Attirory site

Leitrim Councillors this week approved the disposal of  the controversial 0.87 hectares in Attirory, Carrick-on-Shannon.

The site which had been ear marked for social housing was met with local opposition from residents this year.

Leitrim County Council was allocated €3,743,850 towards the end of 2017 towards the development of 24 social housing homes on a local authority owned site in Attirory under the government's Local Authority housing construction programme, as part of the wider Rebuilding Ireland programme.

Residents in nearby Ros na Hinse estate had objected strongly to the development because it had been intended to access the site through their estate.

The council announced in April that they were scrapping the plans to build the houses and that move was approved at Monday’s meeting of the local authority when it was agreed to dispose of the land.

It is understood that local company Vistamed are buying the site.

While the sale was approved, Sinn Féin’s Cllr Seadhna Logan personally didn’t support it, he asked the council “Will you get a similar sized site for the same value it is being sold for?”

Director of Services Mary Quinn said she couldn’t answer that at the moment. Cllr Logan expressed the concerns of the Sinn Féin team about the value of the site, “I believe it was undervalued.”

Cllr Des Guckian said a condition should be place on the sale to VistaMed that the site should be used for a building of research and development and not be sold on to others. He also asked the council would the €10,000 be recovered for the strip of land for the access. Joseph Gilhooly said there was no intention by the council to recover the money.

The disposal was proposed by Cllr Enda Stenson and seconded by Cllr Sinead Guckian.

Read the background story here.