Ath Leathan residents to remain in apartments

Apartment safety concerns

Ath Leathan residents to remain in apartments

The residents of the Ard Leathan apartments on the Racecourse Road Dundalk will not have to seek alternative accommodation while fire safety work is carried out at the apartments.

Louth County Council said its Fire Prevention Section is currently in talks with McGreevy Enterprises, the developer of Ard Leathan, to ensure that the fire safety deficiencies in the apartment blocks are rectified.

The council said McGreevy Enterprises have advised that there is a commitment to doing this work, and this is expected to start in the coming weeks.

The council said the intention is to minimise the effects of this work on the owners and tenants of the units and it appears that there may not be a need to vacate the apartments during the work.

The other main concern of the residents is the cost of the work and who will be liable. The estimated cost is €1.4 million.

Louth County Council Chief Fire Officer Eamon Woulfe wrote to the Ath Leathan apartments management company warning the council will take action under the Fire Services Act “to prohibit the use of these buildings for residential purposes” unless remedial works were carried out.

Last week residents were briefed on their options at an extraordinary general meeting at Ballymascanlon Hotel organised by Racecourse Residents Management Company.

Ath Leathan was built in 2005 by McGreevy Enterprises. The estate consists of 200 homes ranging from five-bedroom detached houses, to terraced, two-and three-story houses and 72 apartments in the nine blocks affected by the fire safety deficiencies.

The problem with the apartments came to light when a fire safety report was commissioned by a potential buyer of a number of apartments in Block A of the complex.