Re­fur­bish­ment at Ash­lawn shrouded with un­cer­tainty

BOARDED UP JAN­UARY WAIT TO FIND OUT IF FUNDS ARE AVAIL­ABLE

Bray People - - News Focus - Mary FOG­A­RTY

NINE HOUSES in Ash­lawn Court re­main boarded up and cov­ered in graf­fiti, as un­cer­tainty emerges over whether fund­ing will be made avail­able for their re­fur­bish­ment.

The va­cant houses, which have been empty for sev­eral months, are be­ing held for re­fur­bish­ment, but of­fi­cials must wait un­til Jan­uary to find out if there is any money for the scheme.

‘It will prob­a­bly be put on the long fin­ger yet again in Jan­uary,’ re­marked Cllr. John Brady, while Cllr. John McManus called the fresh de­lay ‘very de­press­ing.’

He said that to de­lay or stop re­fur­bish­ment in Fas­saroe is wrong, as across the UK and Europe that is an area in which em­ploy­ment is cur­rently be­ing pro­vided for construction work­ers.

‘The shut­ter­ing of houses in Fas­saroe is de­grad­ing the area and the es­tate. A lot of good work has been done all round to im­prove it and now that is be­ing de­lib­er­ately blighted.’

Hous­ing of­fi­cer Tri­ona Irv­ing con­firmed that this is a com­plete- ly new project and not the one pre­vi­ously promised by Deputy Dick Roche when he was Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment.

A re­port has been is­sued to the Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment, which is based on the pi­lot scheme that al­ready took place in the area.

A sub­mis­sion has also been made for re­fur­bish­ment of houses in Old­court.

Ms. Irv­ing said that a cer­tain amount of houses must be empty at one time in or­der for the work to go ahead and if they fill them it is un­likely that they will get the same amount avail­able again soon.

‘We need to find out if this is go­ing ahead. If it’s not then the houses have to be al­lo­cated,’ said Cllr. McManus.

A sub­mis­sion has also been made for the re­fur­bish­ment of houses in Old­court.

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