HC Deb 27 February 1997 vol 291 cc335-6W
Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when road works, storm drainage and sewage disposal arrangements at the Prospect downs development, Carrickfergus, will be completed to the adoption standard of the Department of the Environment. [17048]

(2) what action has been taken by the Department of the environment to persuade the site developer at Prospect downs, Carrickfergus, to bring roads, storm drainage and sewerage systems up to adoption standard; [17050]

(3) if the bond held by the Department of the Environment in respect of outstanding work at Prospect downs, Carrickfergus, is sufficient to meet the cost of completion of roads, drainage and sewage disposal arrangements to the adoption standard of the Department. [17049]

Mr. Moss

Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Roads Service under its chief executive, Mr. W. J. McCoubrey. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from W. J. McCoubrey to Mr. Roy Beggs, dated 26 February 1997: The Secretary of State had asked me to respond to your 3 recent PQs about the Prospect Downs development at Carrickfergus. The Prospect Downs development consists of 20 phases. Storm drainage and sewerage disposal arrangements have been completed to adoption standards in phases 1–9 and have been adopted. The roadworks associated with phase 1 have also been adopted but problems exist in relation to the other phases. Roads Service has been in contact with the two developers involved on a number of occasions with a view to having the necessary works carried out but without success. Enforcement action is therefore under consideration in order to bring the matter to a conclusion. With the exception of one of the phases bonds exist in relation to the outstanding work. it is not possible to say at this stage whether or not the amounts bounded would be sufficient to complete the works buy nevertheless the Department can recover any shortfall from the developers. I hope you find this information helpful.