NINE TEN­ANTS OF FAIR­FIELD RE­MAIN

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOG­A­RTY

NINE of the fam­i­lies or in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing at Fair­field Park have yet to be re-homed in ad­vance of their Au­gust 31 evic­tion date.

Res­i­dents re­ceived no­tice to leave the es­tate back in Au­gust 2016 and were given a year to leave.

Land­lord Bill Fenelon of Haven Homes wrote to the res­i­dents last sum­mer. He said that he made the de­ci­sion to close the park ‘with great sad­ness’ and due to changes in leg­is­la­tion gov­ern­ing land­lords’ obli­ga­tions to ten­ants.

Wick­low County Coun­cil has been as­sist­ing them as they move out of the mo­bile home park. Fair­field Park has pro­vided pri­vate rented ac­com­mo­da­tion to house­holds since 1973. Last year, 48 house­holds were is­sued with no­tice to quit.

Wick­low County Coun­cil said that this pre­sented them with a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge, with over 3,200 on the hous­ing list, and over 500 home­less pre­sen­ta­tions a year. The coun­cil en­gaged with the res­i­dents and en­gaged a hous­ing sup­port worker from the Si­mon Com­mu­nity to help.

A site clinic was set up to fa­cil­i­tate the res­i­dents, some of whom are el­derly or in­form and have lived at Fair­field Park since the ‘70s.

They aimed to pre­vent any­one cur­rently liv­ing in the park be­com­ing hous­ing by as­sess­ing each house­hold to de­ter­mine their needs, en­sure any­one el­i­gi­ble was reg­is­tered for so­cial hous­ing sup­port and re­ceived rent sup­ple­ment where ap­pro­pri­ate. They also en­gaged with land­lords and agents and pro­vided post-ten­ancy sup­port. All res­i­dents were in­ter­viewed, their ini­tial as­sess­ment com­pleted and a pri­or­ity list was de­vised which in­formed the pro­posed exit path­way for each house­hold.

The per­cent­age of house­holds who have moved is now at 81.25 per cent – 39 house­holds out of the orig­i­nal 48, with nine house­holds, pri­mar­ily in­di­vid­u­als, re­main­ing.

Cllr Jen­nifer Whit­more said that the coun­cil is ac­tively work­ing with those re­main­ing.

‘When I first heard, nearly one year ago, that Fair­field Park was to close down, I was very con­cerned for the wel­fare of the ten­ants. How­ever, the gen­er­ous no­tice pe­riod given to the res­i­dents by the landowner and the great work done by the hous­ing sec­tion of Wick­low County Coun­cil has meant that a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion has been averted,’ she said.

The res­i­dents of Fair­field Park in Grey­stones were in­formed last year that they had un­til Au­gust 31, 2017, to leave the site.

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