Cost of se­cur­ing Ash­lawn houses reaches €200,000

BOARDED UP VA­CANT HOUSES IN FAS­SAROE AWAIT­ING RE­FUR­BISH­MENT

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

THE COST to se­cure a num­ber of houses boarded up in Ash­lawn Court is €200,000 per year; it emerged at last week’s Coun­cil meet­ing.

The houses in the Fas­saroe es­tate re­main va­cant as they are be­ing held for re­fur­bish­ment. A re­port has been sub­mit­ted to the Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment on the pi­lot scheme.

Of­fi­cials await an an­swer as to whether fund­ing will be made avail­able for the work. Hous­ing of­fi­cer Tri­ona Irv­ing said that if they get ap­proval the work must be fin­ished seven months from now.

Cllr. David Grant said that if there is un­cer­tainty from the depart­ment the Coun­cil should make its own de­ci­sion on whether to re-let the houses.

Cllrs Grant and Vance said that they had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that there are 16 houses boarded up. The hous­ing of­fi­cer said that the num­ber is 8.

Cllr. Brid Collins said that she blames the Gov­ern­ment.

‘We need to take eight or 16 peo- ple off the hous­ing list,’ she said.

‘De­ci­sions at the cen­tre are to blame for this,’ said Cllr. John McManus. ‘Let’s ig­nore them and get on and open up the houses. I don’t think they will come up with a scheme, but if they do then great.’

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

She said that the Ash­lawn Court and Old­court schemes were both sub­mit­ted on Oc­to­ber 31. Of­fi­cials are wait­ing for an an­swer.

Mean­while, there was a meet­ing last week with an in­spec­tor from the Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment who viewed a num­ber of projects await­ing ap­praisal in­clud­ing Ash­lawn Court, Kil­brige, Car­ra­goona and oth­ers.

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