Work to start on 70 so­cial hous­ing units by year end

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

Cork County Coun­cil plans to build 70 so­cial hous­ing units at Abbey­wood, Mi­dle­ton, and hopes to start con­struc­tion on them be­fore the end of the year.

Coun­cil­lors were in­formed of the news by se­nior County Hall of­fi­cials who out­lined their plans at a meet­ing of the East Cork mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil.

They said they had ap­proval from the de­part­ment for the €14m project, which would con­sist of a mix­ture of four, three and two bed­room units, with some bun­ga­lows which would be dis­abil­ity-friendly.

They said they had al­ready car­ried out flood and traf­fic and trans­porta­tion stud­ies in the area.

As a pre­cau­tion to pre­vent flood­ing, which has oc­curred on the site pre­vi­ously, new and larger cul­verts will be con­structed in ad­vance of build­ing.

Of­fi­cials said the new cul­verts will of­fer greater ca­pac­ity, which will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce flood­ing up­stream of the site.

They will al­low low-ly­ing sites down­stream to flood dur­ing pe­ri­ods of ex­treme rain­fall to pro­tect prop­er­ties and are li­ais­ing with the coun­cil team and OPW en­gi­neers work­ing on the over­all flood re­lief scheme for Mi­dle­ton on the project.

Feed­back from them will be in­cluded in the fi­nal de­tailed de­sign for the hous­ing project.

A new pump­ing sta­tion will be pro­vided for the hous­ing scheme and agree­ment for that has been reached with Irish Wa­ter.

Coun­cil­lors wel­comed the project as there are more than 800 peo­ple on the hous­ing wait­ing list in the Mi­dle­ton area.

“This scheme was a long time com­ing. It’s bril­liant be­cause Mi­dle­ton is ab­so­lutely starved of hous­ing ,” Cl lr Su­san McCarthy said.

Cllr Danielle Twomey said she was con­cerned about pos­si­ble flood­ing on the site and was in­formed by of­fi­cials sev­eral pre­cau­tions were be­ing taken, in­clud­ing rais­ing floor lev­els in the houses about nor­mal height.

Cllr Michael He­garty wanted road up­grades in the area to ac­com­mo­date the ex­tra traf­fic the hous­ing project will gen­er­ate, es­pe­cially in re­la­tion to cars ac­cess­ing the N25.

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