One year de­lay to Boice Court phase 2

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

WITH com­ple­tion of phase 2 of the so­cial hous­ing at Boice Court, Drogheda (be­low) de­layed by a year, an ur­gent call has been made to build more houses for the 1,658 peo­ple on the hous­ing list in the town.

The 69 houses to be built as part of the sec­ond phase of the Ce­ment Road de­vel­op­ment are now sched­uled to come un­der con­struc­tion in au­tumn of this year, with an es­ti­mated com­ple­tion date of late 2019.

The de­lay is due to a dis­pute with the pre­vi­ous ar­chi­tect, who will now be re­placed.

“We have a se­ri­ous hous­ing cri­sis in Drogheda, and some peo­ple are liv­ing in dire con­di­tion,” said Mayor of Drogheda Frank God­frey.

“We have the land, we should be build­ing houses, although I un­der­stand con­struc­tion work­ers are hard to get.”

In a hous­ing re­port be­fore the July meet­ing of Drogheda mem­bers of the coun­cil, a to­tal of 244 hous­ing units are ear­marked for the town, with only 41 com­plete, and one more house due this year.

Scar­lett Street will pro­vide 15 units by sum­mer next year, Rath­mullen Road will have 105 by sum­mer 2020, and eight houses will be built in As­ton Vil­lage by sum­mer 2019.

Cllr God­frey pointed out the num­ber of home­less peo­ple we now see on the streets of the town, for the first time in years.

“With 1,658 peo­ple wait­ing to be housed, we must think of them and their fam­i­lies,” he added.

“We have Peter McVerry trust com­ing to the town, who will build 11 units for the home­less – six two-bed­room and five one-bed­room and I think we also need to look at a shel­tered hous­ing scheme in the cen­tre of town for the el­derly, as well as ex­tra emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion for the home­less.”

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