‘Small amount of money’ al­lo­cated to house re­pairs

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

WHAT has been de­scribed as a ‘very small amount’ of money was pro­vided for emer­gency re­pairs to coun­cil houses in re­cent weeks.

In the wake of re­ports of no funds in Louth County Coun­cil for any kind of re­pairs to coun­cil houses in Drogheda, of­fi­cials re­vealed at the Oc­to­ber meet­ing held in Drogheda that some funds have been made avail­able, but it won’t cover many re­pairs.

‘I must stress it is a very small amount of money, and over the com­ing days some emer­gency re­pairs will be car­ried out,’ said the hous­ing of­fi­cial.

‘I have a great sym­pa­thy for the ten­ants, and we will put to­gether a plan for the most im­por­tant cases, but you will not be happy with my de­ci­sions.’

461 re­quests for re­pairs on coun­cil prop­er­ties were re­ceived as of Au­gust 31st, with only 52 be­ing rec­ti­fied.

This fig­ure is up 100 from the same time last year.

Cllr Kevin Cal­lan queried how this cri­sis was al­lowed to hap­pen.

‘I must com­mend the hous­ing sec­tion for the work they do, how­ever the un­der­ly­ing is­sue should be ex­am­ined,’ he said.

‘We have to se­ri­ously look at the bud­getary process, and why it was not flagged last year just how se­ri­ous it was.’

Cllr Paul Bell added that there was an on­go­ing prob­lem with fully-paid up ten­ants not re­ceiv­ing re­pairs. ‘We are talk­ing about ba­sic needs to make a house hab­it­able,’ he pointed out. ‘Some ten­ants are pay­ing their rent and are liv­ing in in­tol­er­a­ble con­di­tions.’

Cllr Kevin Cal­lan

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