It has been revealed that about €25 million is owed by various private developers to South Dublin County Council for development levies. The development levies are charged to private developers to partially cover the cost of public infrastructure such as roads, parks and community facilities. The figure was revealed through a Question to the July council meeting submitted by People Before Profit councillor Madeleine Johansson.
Cllr Johansson commented: “It is outrageous that such a huge amount of money is owed to the council from private developers. €25 million could go a long way towards providing community facilities and infrastructure. There needs to be a strong enforcement regime to ensure that these levies are paid in full before any homes or commercial facilities are brought in to use. “The council has proposed an altered development contribution scheme which will now go out to public consultation. I’m urging the public to make submissions in relation to the outstanding fees. I will make a submission calling for stronger enforcement for uncollected levies.”