James O’Sullivan, a Fine Gael member of Greystones Town Council, has welcomed proposals put forward by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, which will strengthen building controls and ensure a high quality of construction for homeowners and tenants in the future.
The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2012 will introduce mandatory certification and submission of drawings. Building works will need to be inspected during construction and certified. Under the new regulations the certifier will be held legally liability for the accreditation granted.
Speaking on the proposals, Councillor O’Sullivan said, “I’m delighted to see these proposals introduced and I’m optimistic that they will help protect future homeowners and tenants. We must ensure that the mistakes of the past in the construction sector are not repeated.”
“A case like Priory Hall must never be built in County Wicklow in the future. Due to poor planning and light construction regulations our Country has been left with ghost estates and some very badly built apartments and houses. Protecting future homeowners must be our priority.”
“It is also very important that local authorities, such as Wicklow County Council, engage in far more oversight of building activity and monitor quality standards more closely.”
“I would urged all the stakeholders involved to engage with the public consultation process taking part over the coming six weeks”, concluded Councillor O’Sullivan.