More than 6,800 on the hous­ing list for Swords

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - JOHN MAN­NING

THERE are over 6,800 ap­pli­cants on the so­cial hous­ing wait­ing lists for the Swords elec­toral area alone, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures re­leased by the coun­cil to a So­cial Demo­crat coun­cil­lor.

The Swords elec­toral area in­cludes the Don­abate and Por­trane penin­sual and ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil fig­ures, re­leased to Cllr Paul Mul­ville (SD), there are now 6,822 ap­pli­cants wait­ing for homes in the area.

Paul Mul­ville, So­cial Democrats coun­cil­lor for the Swords local elec­toral area, has again ex­pressed his se­ri­ous con­cern about the great many peo­ple on the hous­ing wait­ing list in the Swords elec­toral area, which in­cludes Don­abate and Por­trane, when he said ‘houses in pub­lic own­er­ship are be­ing left va­cant’.

Cllr Mul­ville said: ‘The coun­cil’s hous­ing de­part­ment has con­firmed that there are cur­rently a to­tal of 6,822 hous­ing ap­pli­cants on the wait­ing list for the Swords area, which in­cluded Don­abate and Por­trane, as of this week, which is a mat­ter of se­ri­ous con­cern.’

De­tail­ing the fig­ures fur­ther, Cllr Mul­ville ex­plained: ‘The hous­ing de­part­ment has stated that a to­tal of 6,822 ap­pli­cants have in­di­cated Swords as one of their hous­ing ar­eas. The fol­low­ing is a break­down of the bed­room re­quire­ment for Swords ap­pli­cants: one bed­room ac­com­mo­da­tion 1,751; two bed 2,699; three bed 1,998, and four bed 374, giv­ing a to­tal of 6,822.’

The So­cial Demo­crat coun­cil­lor added: ‘The hous­ing de­part­ment has fur­ther stated that it should be noted, that in ac­cor­dance with the Hous­ing Al­lo­ca­tions Scheme, an ap­pli­cant may select up to three hous­ing ar­eas, there­fore of the afore­men­tioned num­ber of 6,822 of ap­pli­cants, some will also have ex­pressed an in­ter­est is seek­ing other hous­ing ar­eas.’

Cllr Mul­ville said: ‘Given the fact that so many peo­ple are on the hous­ing wait­ing list, it is a dis­grace that there are empty homes in pub­lic own­er­ship left idle.

‘For ex­am­ple, the Health Service Ex­ec­u­tive owns a num­ber of homes in Por­trane which are va­cant, some boarded up for many years and some only left empty this short while.

‘Fam­i­lies from the Don­abate Por­trane area who are on the hous­ing wait­ing list can­not un­der­stand why the HSE will not al­low peo­ple live in these homes which are in pub­lic own­er­ship, and which are within the ar­chi­tec­tural con­ser­va­tion area at St. Ita’s Por­trane.’

The penin­sula coun­cil­lor con­cluded: ‘I have raised this mat­ter di­rectly with the Min­is­ter for Min­is­ter for Hous­ing, Plan­ning and Local Gov­ern­ment, and the Min­is­ter Health, but to no avail.

‘The fact that these houses are be­ing left to rot is an ab­so­lute scan­dal.’

The num­bers on the Swords hous­ing list have sur­passed 6,800 ap­pli­cants.

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