One year delay to Boice Court phase 2
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.”