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Gar­dai have likened the Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre to ‘a hon­ey­pot’ for shoplifters. 21 in­ci­dents have

been re­ported since the start of 2014.

WICK­LOW COUNTY Coun­cil has re­quested that the con­struc­tion of one-off hous­ing be ex­empt from the Build­ing Con­trol Reg­u­la­tions 2014.

The de­ci­sion was reached at the April meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil, where a num­ber of mem­bers raised con­cerns that the new reg­u­la­tions - in­tro­duced in March - would sub­stan­tially in­crease the cost of con­struct­ing a new home and jeop­ar­dise the liveli­hood of lo­cal builders and trades­men who pre­vi­ously would have ben­e­fit­ted from the avail­abil­ity of such work.

Un­der the reg­u­la­tions, additional doc­u­men­ta­tion for erect­ing a new build­ing or con­struct­ing an ex­ten­sion were in­tro­duced in the form of a com­mence­ment no­tice and a cer­tifi­cate of com­pli­ance which must be signed by an as­signed cer­ti­fier, who must be reg­is­tered with ei­ther the Royal In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects in Ire­land or the So­ci­ety of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors in Ire­land, or a char­tered en­gi­neer with En­gi­neers Ire­land. In­dus­try sources have es­ti­mated that this will typ­i­cally add €1,000 - €3,000 to the cost of build­ing a house.

Cllr Chris Fox claimed that this would im­pact upon lo­cal drafts­men who could no longer cer­tify works de­spite their ‘many years of ex­pe­ri­ence and com­pe­tency’ as well as people - par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas - seek­ing to build their own home.

‘ The cost of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is a huge is­sue. From what I have been told, €1,000 - €3,000 is way off the mark; people are al­ready be­ing quoted €10,000 - €12,000.’

He added that ‘ small builders and lo­cal trades­men will be left in a very ex­posed po­si­tion’ by the changes.

‘Cllr Rut­tle went on to pro­pose that the coun­cil re­quest that one-off houses be ex­empt from the reg­u­la­tions, but Cllr Ge­orge Jones coun­tered by claim­ing that you could not have a ‘dis­crep­ancy be­tween 15,000 houses and one house.’

Cllr Rut­tle’s pro­posal was passed by a vote of 12 to five, with seven coun­cil­lors ab­sent at the time the vote was taken.

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