There was festival atmosphere as Waterford City and County Council’s Mount William estate was officially opened by the Mayor of Waterford City and County on Saturday, August 20th.
Mount William, a housing development on the Williamstown Road comprises of 65 units, predominantly two and three bedrooms and was built by Liam Neville Developments.
Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary cut the ribbon to officially open the estate and to herald the start a family-fun festivities that were enjoyed by residents of the estate. Welcoming those in attendance, the Mayor said, “From the outset of this development and especially since its completion, it’s evident that there is strong sense of community here.”
“Shortly after all the properties were allocated, the residents of Mount William formed a residents’ association and quickly set about establishing a sense of identity and strong bonds, both within the estate itself and the wider area.”
The Mayor went on to thank the developers and the Council’s Estate and Tenancy Manager, Michael Murphy, adding, “This estate is a fantastic example of a partnership between the local authority and tenants of a development which has resulted in a community where people can enjoy their new homes in safe, peaceful surroundings.”
On the day, families from Mount William enjoyed face-painting, an outdoor disco, a visit from Nore Valley Mobile farm and a chance to meet members of the local Garda Síochána and fire service personnel.
Marina Barry, Secretary of the Mount William Residents’ Association highlighted the collaborative partnership between the residents and the local authority. “It’s great to see these celebrations come to fruition and the official opening of a great estate. There is a wonderful connectedness between the residents of Mount William and it’s evident today that the children, families and individuals here are part of a community that will only grow stronger together.”
Micheal Murphy, Waterford City and County Council Estate and Tenancy Manager added, “Since the allocation of the homes here in Mount William and since people began to move into their homes, there has been an overwhelming feeling of potential within the boundaries of this estate.”
“Over the past number of months but particularly since the residents association formed, this sense of potential has become a tangible sense of community, sustainability and is now building to a sense that Mount William has become and continues to evolve into a holistic living environment for those who live here and those who visit.”