Work starts on Rathmullen site
WORK on a number of social housing projects is progressing, councillors at the September meeting of Drogheda Municipal District were told.
The councillors were told that groundworks have started on the site at the Rathmullen Road where 105 new homes will be provided at a cost of €22m.
Work on the scheme is expected to take 18 months.
Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Paul Bell asked why there had been no activity at the Scarlet Street site, where a substantial number of new council homes are due to be built on the site of the old fire station.
He said the project was fast tracked all the way through the council end of things and wondered why it hasn’t moved on in recent months.
‘There is no activity on site whereas there is activity on the Rathmullen Road,’ he said. Housing Officer Martina Sheeran said the council were still working through the Part 8 for this projects.
She said groundworks have now started on the Rathmullen Road.
Cllr Bell also asked when the new homes at Liscorrie are going to be finished. Ms Sheeran said the first phase of allocations has started at Liscorrie.
Mayor Pio Smith said he was aware of a family of four children and one adult who are currently on the HAP scheme.
He said an order was given to the landlord to do a significant amount of work to the house.
However, he said the family can’t leave the house because if they do they would be homeless.
‘He hasn’t done much work to it as far as I’m aware. If he were to submit it for social housing it wouldn’t meet the standards,’ said Mayor Smith.
Ms Sheeran said because of the level of complaints the council receive, they only examine houses considered at risk.
She said one house which had been examined the previous week could only be described as ‘a slum’ and was like a throwback to the bad old tenement days.
‘It’s a delicate balancing act,’ said Ms Sheeran. ‘They are aware that if they find problems the people living there may be facing homelessness.’
Designer of this year’s Business Excellence Awards Deirdre McCullough, Oldbridge Silver, at the launch of the 2017 Drogheda Business Excellence Awards at Highlanes Gallery. See page 73.