Cost of securing Ashlawn houses reaches €200,000
BOARDED UP VACANT HOUSES IN FASSAROE AWAITING REFURBISHMENT
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.