Two brothers who were prosecuted under planning enforcement laws over two undeveloped sites in Ardee, were each fined €2,500 plus costs of €350 and combined costs of €1,450.
John Rogers of Annaglog, Ardee and Shane Rogers, Tallansfield Manor, Rathbrist, Tallanstown were each summonsed for failing to comply with enforcement notice proceedings dated March 2008 in respect of property at Moorhall Close, Hale Streets , Ardee.
John McGahon representing Louth County Council said that the notice was complied with in 2010. There was now a question of costs in the sum of €1,850.
Defence solicitor Martin Mulligan tried to explain that the downturn in the economy was responsible for the difficulty with which the defendants who were builders faced. Judge Clyne said it had taken them five years to get their house in order and €1,800 was not a lot.
Mr Mulligan said one of the defendants had gone to Australia and was not able to obtain instructions from the other defendant.
Evidence was given by a council enforcement officer that another builder was using the sites as a builder’s compound.
Efforts were made to resolve the situation that resulted in enforcement notices being issued and it took another two years to clear the property.