Decrease in council builds
THERE WAS almost a 30 per cent decrease in house and apartments built by Wicklow County Council last year.
Last Thursday Minister Michael Finneran, Minister for Housing, Urban Renewal and Developing Areas said that more than 51,000 houses and apartments were built by local authorities in 2008.
However just 1,219 of these were built in Wicklow representing a decrease of 28.5 per cent on the figure for 2007. In 2007 1,704 houses were built by Wicklow County Council.
Speaking last week Minster FInneran said that ‘while there is an easing off in housing activity and recognising the difficulties currently facing the public finances, the Government is committed to focus on quality in the provision of housing and to addressing the housing needs of the less well off in our society.’
In Wicklow 441 individual houses were built while 573 scheme houses were built. 205 apartments were built under the programme.