Efforts to "ramp up" housing construction programme

Thursday, 27 July 2017

A MEMBER of the housing department in Tipperary County Council told last week's Nenagh Municipal District that they are trying to "ramp up" the housing construction programme locally.
Cllr Hughie McGrath pointed out that the vacant house repairs and leasing scheme is a very good thing. He complimented the housing department for being "very hands on and providing sound advice."
He said there are many shops in Nenagh where the upper floors are lying idle. "I think we should be encouraging the owners of these premises to turn the above floors into apartments. If the owners want to do this can they apply for a vacant housing grant?"
Cllr Mattie Ryan commented that he read an article which stated it will take 180 years to clear the social housing list in Dublin. "What kind of message is that sending out?" he asked. He said the idea of creating apartments above shops is a great idea. He said there are a lot of vacant houses in the county which are an eyesore.
Cllr Phyll Bugler complimented the housing department for doing "a marvellous job and keeping a handle on a very difficult situation."
Cllr Joe Hannigan remarked that the vacant house repair and leasing scheme is a "very positive scheme. It's a good way of bringing houses back into play."
Cllr Ger Darcy said there is a big need for more housing in Borrisokane and Puckane.
Cllr McGrath said they should encourage Cluid to build more social housing in Nenagh. "I like Cluid. They have their issues but in general they are very good. We need this in Nenagh to take the pressure off an unacceptable situation, a situation where many adults are still living with their parents even though they would rather have their own place." He said he would like to see 30 or 40 new Cluid houses in Roscrea.
  A Council official pointed out that last year an estate at Ashbury in Roscrea was purchased and it is now being successfully run by Cluid.
  She said it's proposed to build 17 social houses in Borrisokane and two in Cloughjordan.
  She added that the scheme is open for Housing Adaptation Grants for Private Houses and the total allocation for Tipperary is €3,032,731. 
  €751,200 has been granted towards the 58 vacant houses in the county, ten of which are in the Nenagh MD area. Many of the houses only require minor repairs.
  €3.1 million has been allocated for Energy Efficiency Works.
  She pointed out that North Tipp has the highest number of youths in voluntary care, and when they grow beyond voluntary care they need housing, therefore three units have been acquired for Nenagh for the Youth Housing Initiative.
  She added that under the Repair & Leasing scheme if landlords have vacant stock which they wish to transform into social housing then they can receive grants up to €40,000. "We have a good level of interest in this scheme."
  She said there are 656 applicants on the social housing list in Nenagh MD, down from 695 in March.


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