Work starts on Rath­mullen site

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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