Refurbishment at Ashlawn shrouded with uncertainty
BOARDED UP JANUARY WAIT TO FIND OUT IF FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE
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.